Robert M. Langer

Partner

Robert M. Langer
Partner
office Hartford
phone 860-297-3724
fax860-525-9380
emailrlanger@wiggin.com


Biography

Robert M. Langer is a partner in the firm's Litigation Department and head of the firm's Antitrust and Consumer Protection Practice Group. Mr. Langer is involved in all aspects of antitrust, consumer protection and trade regulation counseling and litigation, including class actions, representing clients in both federal and state courts, and before the Federal Trade Commission, the Antitrust Division of the United States Department of Justice, as well as offices of state attorneys general throughout the United States.

Before joining Wiggin and Dana in 1994, Mr. Langer was the Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Antitrust and Consumer Protection Department of the Office of the Connecticut Attorney General, where for more than twenty years he litigated numerous antitrust and consumer matters in both federal and state trial and appellate courts.

Mr. Langer has participated in more than twenty cases in the Connecticut Supreme Court and the Connecticut Appellate Court involving interpretation of the Connecticut Unfair Trade Practices Act ("CUTPA") and the Connecticut Antitrust Act. He has also assisted in the drafting of many of the important substantive amendments to both statutes. Additionally, Mr. Langer has participated in numerous cases in the United States Supreme Court involving interpretation of the federal antitrust laws. Most recently. Mr. Langer collaborated in the drafting of the influential amicus brief filed by PING in Leegin Creative Leather Products, Inc. v. PSKS, Inc., 551 U.S. 877 (2007), which case overruled an almost 100 year precedent, Dr. Miles Medical Co. v. John D. Park & Sons Co., 220 U.S. 373 (1911) that had held resale price maintenance ("RPM") per se unlawful. Leegin held that resale price maintenance will now be subject to the Rule of Reason under the Sherman Act.

A graduate of Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster, Pennsylvania (A.B.) and the University of Connecticut School of Law (J.D.), Mr. Langer was admitted to practice in 1973.

Mr. Langer served as Chair of the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) Multistate Antitrust Task Force from 1990 to 1992, and in that capacity served as the NAAG Representative to the Council of the Section of Antitrust Law of the American Bar Association (ABA).

Mr. Langer currently serves as Chair of the Janet D. Steiger Fellowship Project of the ABA Section of Antitrust Law. He previously served as the Section's Finance Officer, a member of the Council, Chair of the Consumer Protection Committee, Co-Chair of the Legislation Committee, Co-Chair of the Federal and State Legislative Policy Task Force, Vice-Chair of the Continuing Legal Education Committee and Chair of the State Antitrust Enforcement Committee. He has also contributed to numerous Section publications, including several editions of Antitrust Law Developments, every edition of State Antitrust Practice and Statutes and most recently, as a member of the Editorial Board of Consumer Protection Law Developments, editing significant portions of the over 200 page state law chapter of this comprehensive treatise on state, federal and international consumer protection law.

From 1979 to 2013, Mr. Langer served as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Connecticut School of Business Administration, MBA Program, where he taught constitutional, antitrust and trade regulation law. In 2014, he began teaching state unfair trade practices law as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Connecticut School of Law.

Mr. Langer is a member of both the Bureau of National Affairs Antitrust and Trade Regulation Report Advisory Board and the Board of Editors of the Matthew Bender Antitrust Report. He is the past Co-Chair of the Antitrust & Trade Regulation Committee of WESFACCA (formerly the Corporate Bar Association of Westchester and Fairfield).

Mr. Langer lectures and writes regularly on antitrust, consumer protection, and health care topics. Mr. Langer is the co-author of a treatise, entitled Unfair Trade Practices, Business Torts and Antitrust, published yearly by Thomson Reuters as Volume 12 of its Connecticut Practice Series. He has also written several Op-ed articles on a variety of legal issues for publications such as The New York Times and The Hartford Courant and has been the subject of numerous interviews for publications such as FTC: WATCH, International Merger Law and the ABA's Antitrust magazine.

In 1991, Mr. Langer received the Marvin Award from NAAG in recognition of his leadership, expertise and achievement in advancing the goals of that organization. In 1994, Mr. Langer was voted by the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Bar Foundation to become a Charter Fellow of the James W. Cooper Fellows Program and served as Chair of the Fellows Program from 2000-2006. He served from 1998-2000 as Chair of the Fellows Advisory Research Committee. In 1995, Mr. Langer received an award for outstanding service to businesses and consumers from the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection for his work in the development of the Connecticut Unfair Trade Practices Act. In 2000, Mr. Langer was elected a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. Since 2003 he has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America in antitrust law and has been named Hartford Litigation Antitrust "Lawyer of the Year" in 2013 and 2014 (for more about the standards for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, please click here).

Memberships

  • American Bar Association
    • Chair, Janet D. Steiger Fellowship Project, Section of Antitrust Law
    • Member, Technology Resources Task Force, Section of Antitrust Law

  • American Bar Foundation
    • Fellow
  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • BNA Antitrust & Trade Regulation Report
    • Member, Advisory Board
  • Connecticut Bar Association
    • Member, Executive Committee, Antitrust & Trade Regulation Section
  • Matthew Bender Antitrust Report
    • Member, Board of Editors

Advisories

03.04.2014New Guidance on Providing Financial Services to Medical Marijuana Businesses
05.07.2013A Data Privacy and Security Checklist for Management
11.02.2012The FTC's Revised Green Guides
01.14.2011Antitrust and Consumer Protection Newsletter

Published Works

08.15.2013Business Torts as Little FTC Act Claims: Does the Difference Really Make a Difference?ABA Section of Antitrust Law Business Torts & RICO News
11.01.2012State Antitrust Law: A Trap for the UnwaryCPI Antitrust Chronicle
09.30.2011The Second Prong of the 'Cigarette Rule' Continues to Serve as a Basis for Finding Unfairness Under Several 'Little FTC Acts'Antitrust & Trade Reglation Report
12.30.2010So You Still Think You're Safe Under the Antitrust Laws? Another Word of Advice To Those Who Would Ignore The StatesAntitrust Report, Issue 4, 2010
05.17.2010Practical Application of Consumer Privacy Laws to Franchised Businesses*
07.10.2009Brown & Brown, Inc. v. Blumenthal Amicus Brief
06.30.2009Chapter 8: ConnecticutABA Section of Antitrust Law, Antitrust Practice and Statutes (4th ed. 2009)
07.24.2007U.S. Supreme Court Today - Term in ReviewThe United States Law Week, Vol. 76, No. 4
10.06.2006Unfair Trade Practices (Volume 12, Connecticut Practice Series)Unfair Trade Practices, Vol. 12, Connecticut Practice Series, Thomson West
04.08.2005Class Action Fairness Act of 2005Reprinted with the permission of the Connecticut Lawyer. Connecticut Lawyer April 2005 and reprinted in the Arkansas Lawyer, Winter 2006
11.06.2002So You Think You're Safe Under the Antitrust Laws? A Word of Advice to Those Who Would Ignore the StatesMatthew Bender Antitrust Report, Fall 2002
04.09.2002ABA Newsletter of the Consumer Protection Committee — Serving The Client And The Public: Lessons From A Former State Assistant Attorney GeneralAmerican Bar Association - Section of Antitrust Law: Consumer Protection Update
07.19.2001Global Merger Control in the New Millennium Reproduced with permission from Antitrust & Trade Regulation Report, Vol. 81, No. 2016 (July 13, 2001) p. 45. Copyright 2001 by The Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. (800-372-1033)
10.27.2000Ongoing Lessons From Poughkeepsie Reprinted with permission from Matthew Bender's Antitrust Report, October 2000
10.26.2000State Attorneys General: The Third Prong in the Antitrust TriadThe Antitrust Review of the Americas 2001: Global Competition Review Special Report
10.01.1999Can the King's Physician (Also) Do No Wrong?Reprinted with permission from Mathew Bender's Antitrust Report October 1999
10.01.1998Should the Antitrust Division, the FTC, and State Attorneys General Formally Allocate the Market for Antitrust Enforcement?Matthew Bender's Antitrust Report (October 1998 pp. 2-6)
06.01.1998State Antitrust Enforcement Committee on State Antitrust Enforcement, American Bar Association, Section on Antitrust
12.01.1997Antitrust Guidelines Revisions to Encourage the Development of Provider Networks
06.01.1997Recent Developments Concerning the Non-Profit Institutions ActHealth Care Antitrust Manual Volume 4, No. 4
02.01.1997The Revised Statements of Antitrust Enforcement Policy in Health Care May Substantially Advance the Creation of New Provider NetworksAntitrust Report (February 1997 pp. 3-6)
10.01.1996New Guidelines Try to Reverse Perceived 'Chilling Effect' on Network DevelopmentHealth Care Antitrust Manual Volume 3, No. 8 (October, 1996)
08.01.1996Coordinated State Antitrust Enforcement: Federalism in the '90sThe Multimedia Law Report, Reprinted with Permission
12.01.1995The Impact of the New Antitrust Guidelines on Licensing The Law Works
04.27.1995Enforcement by Antitrust Division Suggests New Attitude Toward Most-Favored National Clauses BNA Health Law Reporter, V. 4, Reprinted with Permission

News

01.24.2014Wiggin and Dana Antitrust Partner Quoted in Bloomberg BNA's Antitrust & Trade Regulation Report
10.29.2013Wiggin and Dana LLP Antitrust Partner Robert M. Langer Co-Authors New Edition of "Unfair Trade Practices, Business Torts and Antitrust" Treatise
10.03.2013Wiggin and Dana Partner Featured in American Bar Association Video Presentation
08.15.2013Best Lawyers in America Recognizes 35 Lawyers from Wiggin and Dana
04.23.2013Wiggin and Dana Successfully Defends the Town of Madison in Dispute Related to Building Permit Fees
02.22.2013Wiggin and Dana Partner Quoted in Antitrust & Trade Regulation Report
01.16.2013Best Lawyers Names Six Wiggin and Dana Partners as "Lawyers of the Year"
10.18.2012Wiggin and Dana LLP Antitrust Partner Robert M. Langer Co-Authors New Edition of "Unfair Trade Practices, Business Torts and Antitrust" Treatise
04.09.2012Wiggin and Dana Partner Receives Award from ABA Antitrust Section to Commemorate Service
01.27.2012Wiggin and Dana Antitrust Partner quoted in BNA Insights Antitrust & Trade Regulation Report
11.02.2011Wiggin and Dana LLP Antitrust Partner Robert M. Langer Co-Authors New Edition of "Unfair Trade Practices, Business Torts and Antitrust" Treatise
10.21.2011Super Lawyers® Recognizes Wiggin and Dana Lawyers
09.13.2011Best Lawyers in America Recognizes 32 Lawyers from Wiggin and Dana
12.09.2010Wiggin and Dana LLP Antitrust Partner Robert M. Langer Co-Authors New Edition of "Unfair Trade Practices, Business Torts and Antitrust" Treatise
12.09.2010Wiggin and Dana Antitrust Partner Robert M. Langer Co-Authors New Edition of "Unfair Trade Practices, Business Torts and Antitrust" Treatise
11.06.2009Wiggin and Dana LLP Antitrust Partner Robert M. Langer Co-Authors Supplement to Thomson West "Unfair Trade Practices" Treatise
10.27.2008Wiggin and Dana LLP Antitrust Partner Robert M. Langer Co-Authors Supplement to Thomson West "Unfair Trade Practices" Treatise
11.27.2007Wiggin and Dana Antitrust Partner Robert M. Langer Authors Supplement to Thomson West "Unfair Trade Practices" Treatise
09.06.2007When Can You Set and Enforce Minimum Prices?
02.12.2007Wiggin and Dana Submits Amicus Brief In Landmark Antitrust Case in U.S. Supreme Court
06.21.2006DOJ Approves Fair Factories Clearinghouse
10.04.2005Twenty-Two Wiggin and Dana Attorneys Named in Best Lawyers 2006
03.22.2005Unfair Trade Practices (Volume 12, Connecticut Practice Series)
12.28.2004Thirteen Wiggin and Dana Lawyers Included in Best Lawyers in America© 2005-06
10.25.2004ABA Section of Antitrust Law, Janet D. Steiger Fellowship Project
09.08.2004Wiggin and Dana attorney recognized by Hartford Magazine as "Top Lawyer"
08.26.2004Foreign Antitrust Plaintiffs Not Going Away: Landmark ruling no help to Dow Chemical in jurisdiction fight
04.12.2004Panel Probes Revival of Unfairness Doctrine In FTC or States' Consumer Protection Cases
03.04.2004Attorneys in Wiggin and Dana's Antitrust Practice Group Co-Author the Connecticut Chapter of the Third Edition of the ABA's State Antitrust Practice and Statutes Treatise
02.18.2004ABA Newsletter of the Consumer Protection Committee and the Computer & Internet Committee
01.22.2004Wiggin and Dana announces release of Robert Langer's new CUTPA treatise
11.04.2003Foreign Distributors' Antitrust Suit OKed
06.10.2003ABA Newsletter of the Consumer Protection Committee and the Computer & Internet Committee
05.09.2003Robert M. Langer nominated to Council of the ABA Section of Antitrust Law
12.09.2002Newsletter from the Consumer Protection Committee
10.31.2002Thirteen Wiggin & Dana Lawyers Included in Best Lawyers in America 2003-04©
08.28.2002ABA Newsletter of the Consumer Protection Committee and the Computer & Internet Committee
04.13.2002Langer Helps Persuade CT Supreme Court to Adopt Indirect Purchaser Rule in Landmark Antitrust and CUTPA Case
01.29.2002Newsletter from the Consumer Protection Committee
01.15.2002FTC Staff Advises Nonprofit Institutions Act Covers Drugs Dispensed To Retired Workers
12.21.2001Wiggin & Dana partner Robert M. Langer wins favorable FTC opinion for the Connecticut Hospital Association.
10.22.2001Consumer Bid Against Microsoft Tests Federal Antitrust Doctrine
02.16.2001Newsletter from the Consumer Protection Committee
11.13.2000Robert Langer, Chair of the Consumer Protection Committee of the ABA, Section of Antitrust Law announces Committee's website
10.25.2000Volunteer Profile
09.11.2000Connecticut Judge Socks Microsoft with $1 Million in Punitives

Events

02.04.2014Annual Antitrust Compliance Program
06.17.2013Consumer Law Update: CUTPA and Health Care
03.01.2013Business Torts as Little FTC Act Claims: Does it Really Make a Difference?
01.30.2013Annual Antitrust Compliance Program
12.07.20122012 Winter State Policy Conference
06.11.2012Cutting Edge Issues Under CUTPA and the Connecticut Antitrust Act: What Every Litigator Needs to Know
02.24.2012What's Unfair?: Divergent Standards for Evaluating Unfair Trade Practices
01.31.2012Annual Antitrust Compliance Program
01.30.2012State Consumer Protection Laws: Enforcement and Litigation Trends in Connecticut and Massachusetts Part 5 in a Bi-Monthly Series of Teleseminars
10.27.2011Certify This! Hot Topics in Class Action Law
06.14.2010Consumer Law Update
05.17.2010Practical Application of Consumer Privacy Laws to Franchised Businesses
04.21.2010Handling State Attorney General Advertising Cases: Substantive and Procedural Considerations
02.02.2010Annual Antitrust Compliance Program
10.14.2009Distribution Issues in the North Atlantic Triangle Part II: Resale Price Maintenance - The New Lay of the Land
06.18.2009ABA Section of Antitrust Law Consumer Protection Conference
03.25.2009ABA Section of Antitrust Law: Cross National Perspectives on Consumer Protection
02.03.2009Annual Antitrust Compliance Program
10.14.2008Federal Trade Commission at 100
06.20.2008Connecticut Association of Health Care Recruiters Quarterly Meeting
02.04.2008January 2008 Consumer Protection Update
11.05.2007Connecticut Bar Association: Antitrust and Trade Regulation Section Meeting
10.09.2007National Association of Attorneys General Centennial Symposium
07.11.2007U.S. Supreme Court Antitrust Decisions: A Retrospective
04.26.2007Business Ethics and Compliance Conference
04.18.2007"Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire" : Deceptive Conduct by Dominant Firms :
 Implications for Antitrust and Consumer Protection
03.15.2007Business Ethics and Compliance Conference
01.30.2007ABA Consumer Protection Conference
12.04.2006Telephonic Program: Consumer Update November 2006
03.29.200654th Antitrust Law Spring Meeting
11.10.20052005 Annual National Lawyers Convention
09.29.2005Immunities and Exemptions: The State Action Doctrine
09.28.2005NAAG Multistate Antitrust Task Force Seminar
06.16.2005CLE Program: Class Actions 2005
03.03.2004WESFACCA Chapter Event
04.24.2002ABA 50th Annual Antitrust Spring Meeting: General Sessions
04.08.2002Emerging Regulatory Challenges In Corporate America
04.04.2002Civil Liberties After September 11th: A Closer Look at Detention Powers
04.04.2002Time For Ideas In Libraries
01.08.2002Annual Antitrust Back to Basics & Antitrust Compliance Program

office Hartford
phone 860-297-3724
fax860-525-9380
emailrlanger@wiggin.com

PRACTICE GROUPS

EDUCATION

  • University of Connecticut School of Law, J.D., 1973
  • Franklin & Marshall College, A.B., 1970

BAR ADMISSIONS

  • Connecticut

COURT ADMISSIONS

  • US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • US District Court (District of Connecticut)
  • US Supreme Court


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