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Carmen Medici is a partner in Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP’s San Diego office and focuses on complex antitrust class action litigation and unfair competition law. He represents businesses and consumers who are the victims of price-fixing, monopolization, collusion, and other anticompetitive and unfair business practices. Medici specializes in litigation against giants in the financial, pharmaceutical and commodities industries.
A veteran of litigation in the credit card industry, Medici is currently representing merchants in In re Payment Card Interchange Fee and Merchant Discount Litig. — thought to be the largest antitrust class action case in history, which settled in September 2018 for at least $5.56 billion — which charged Visa, MasterCard and the country's major banks with violating federal law in the allegedly collusive manner in which rules are set in the industry, including rules requiring payment of ever-increasing interchange fees by merchants. He is also a part of the co-lead counsel team in In re SSA Bonds Antitrust Litig., pending in the Southern District of New York, representing bond purchasers who were defrauded by a brazen price-fixing scheme perpetrated by traders at some of the nation’s largest banks. Medici is also a member of the litigation team in In re Dealer Management Systems Antitrust Litig., a lawsuit brought on behalf of car dealerships pending in federal court in Chicago, where one defendant has settled for nearly $30 million.
Medici currently represents California gas station owners in a multi-billion dollar case against the behemoth refiners — Chevron, Exxon, Valero, BP and others — who have consistently charged Californians more for gasoline than any other state, without justification. The court recently allowed this case to proceed to discovery, citing as support for its ruling “several instances of tightly synchronized multiple refinery shutdowns, simultaneous exports during a short period of time, an orchestrated run on the market, joint public exaggerations regarding supply disruptions, and other coordinated actions such as unnecessary refinery shutdowns, failure to repair a damaged refinery, idling a Jones Act tanker, and coordinated exports all occurring simultaneously during a time of rising prices.”
In addition, Medici litigates various antitrust cases against pharmaceutical giants for abusing their size and market share to extract ever-increasing amounts of money from those who they purport to help. In federal district court in New Jersey, Medici litigates Lincoln Adventures, LLC v. Those Certain Underwriters at Lloyd’s London, where he represents buyers of insurance policies in an antitrust action against insurance companies in the Lloyd’s of London market. He is also a member of the co-lead litigation team in In re Aluminum Warehousing Antitrust Litig., currently on appeal before the Second Circuit.
In the past, Medici represented athletes in In re NCAA Student-Athlete Name & Likeness Licensing Litig. in the Northern District of California, which culminated in a trial victory for student athletes against the NCAA. He was also on the litigation team in In re Fresh & Process Potatoes Antitrust Litig., which resulted in a multi-million dollar settlement.
In addition, Medici is involved in a number of the Firm’s other major antitrust and consumer actions, including ongoing cases regarding manipulation of commodities prices and certain benchmark financial instruments. He regularly identifies and pursues potential new antitrust matters and drafts complaints on behalf of individual and class plaintiffs.
Medici has been named a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers Magazine for the past four consecutive years. He graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management and received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of San Diego School of Law.
- Super Lawyer “Rising Star,” 2015-2018
- University of San Diego School of Law, J.D., 2006
- Arizona State University, B.S., 2003
- United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
- United States District Courts for the Northern, Eastern, Central and Southern Districts of
- United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (General Bar)
- September 18, 2018
- September 5, 2018
- Robbins Geller Defeats Motion to Dismiss Major Antitrust Action Alleging Conspiracy Among the World’s Largest Gas CompaniesJune 27, 2018
- March 30, 2018
- Plaintiffs Represented by Robbins Geller Overcome Defendants’ Motion to Dismiss in Lloyd’s of London Multidistrict LitigationAugust 25, 2017
- January 20, 2017
- Paul Geller Appointed to Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in Nationwide Liquid Aluminum Sulfate Antitrust LitigationApril 8, 2016
- 31 Robbins Geller Attorneys Recognized as Super Lawyers and Rising Stars for Their Excellence and Achievements in Law by Super Lawyers MagazineJanuary 20, 2016
- April 21, 2015
- Robbins Geller Defeats Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan’s Motion to Dismiss Claims in Aluminum Antitrust ActionMarch 27, 2015
- February 2, 2015
- January 17, 2014
- July 19, 2012