David C. Eddy

Attorney in Columbia, SC
Highly Effective Counsel for Highly Complex Matters

For more than thirty years, David Eddy has been representing clients in complex antitrust and other major commercial litigation in federal and state courts throughout the United States, including plaintiff antitrust litigation, nationwide and regional antitrust class actions (including price-fixing, tie-in, and exclusive dealing claims), nationwide product liability class actions, large corporate antitrust litigation (including trademark, tort, and contract claims), and Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice investigations. David has represented clients in antitrust matters in a diverse array of industries, including ocean shipping, textiles, herbicides, chemicals, railroad freight, commercial airline manufacture, boats, timber, petroleum, fire arms, food products, trucking, electronic products, and polyurethane foam.

Working for Victims of Antitrust Law Violations

In 2000, David made a significant change in the focus of his practice when he moved to South Carolina to join Nexsen Pruet as Co-Chair of its Antitrust Practice Group. David leads a team of antitrust attorneys who develop comprehensive legal solutions for clients facing a wide range of issues related to federal and state antitrust laws. The primary focus of David's practice is on representing, as plaintiffs, companies which seek to recover damages because they were significant purchasers of products or services impacted by price-fixing, bid-rigging, customer allocation, and/or other violations of federal and state antitrust laws.

David has been the lead lawyer in many of the firm's biggest matters. David's clients range from major Fortune 50 companies to small privately-held businesses. David's clients have come to know David for his fierce commitment to delivering results in a responsive, timely, and efficient manner.

David also regularly advises clients on pricing policies, distribution policies, licensing agreements, competitor collaboration, and joint ventures and has prepared antitrust compliance guidelines and provided antitrust compliance training seminars for numerous clients.

Prior to joining Nexsen Pruet in 2000, David was a partner in the law firm of Howrey, LLP in Washington, D.C.

Born in Wisconsin, David graduated from Wesleyan University,cum laude, and the George Washington University National Law Center, with honors. He moved to South Carolina in 2000.

NotableSuccessful prosecution and settlement of claims for more than $80 million in MDL 1516.In re Polyester Staple Fiber Antitrust Litigation on behalf of more than twenty textile, non-woven, and carpet companies located in Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina for price-fixing and customer allocation.
•Representation of fifteen major customers (including Fortune 500 consumer products, food and retail companies, and diverse non-vessel operating common carriers) in their lawsuit seeking to recover damages caused by a six-year conspiracy to fix rates and surcharges on ocean shipping between the U.S. and Puerto Rico.
•Representation of direct action plaintiff affected by a conspiracy to fix prices of urethane chemicals in MDL 1616 -In re Urethane Chemicals Antitrust Litigation.
•Representation of bedding company plaintiffs which were impacted by an alleged ten-year conspiracy to fix the prices of polyurethane foam in connection with MDL 2196 -In re Polyurethane Foam Antitrust Litigation.
•Representing and advising companies which were injured by an alleged conspiracy of the four major class 1 railroads in the U.S. to raise rail freight rates through the adoption of stand-alone revenue-based fuel surcharges in connection with MDL 1869 -In re Rail Freight Surcharge Antitrust Litigation.
•Approved as class counsel for a certified class of timber owners in four states in the Southeast U.S. in a case alleging price suppression of pulpwood timber purchased by the world's largest paper and wood products company. After a litigation class was certified, the Court approved a class settlement of $12.4 million.
•Successful defense of two lawsuits filed by a major multi-national chemical company seeking in excess of a billion dollars in damages for alleged anticompetitive practices against our client, a major producer of herbicides and herbicide-resistant seeds.

Outside Nexsen Pruet

David enjoys spending time with family, his dogs, sailing, reading, and enjoying life.

Speaking & Writing

Overview

Member of Panel at the 16th Annual ABA National Institute on Class Actions, Sifting Through All the Big Shoulders. Litigating Class Actions Alongside Opt-Outs - Free-Riding or Riding Shotgun

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Areas of Law

  • Class Actions
  • Antitrust Litigation
  • Antitrust Counseling and Government Investigations
  • Litigation
  • Antitrust & Unfair Competition
  • Products Liability
  • Business Disputes
  • Mergers & Acquisitions

 

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Experience & Credentials

Position

Counsel

Admission Details

Admitted in South Carolina
District of Columbia
United States Court of Appeals
Fourth Circuit
District of Columbia
United States Supreme Court

Law School Attended

George Washington University
Class of 1978
J.D.
with honors

University Attended

Wesleyan University
Class of 1975
B.A.
cum laude

Associations & Memberships

Civic & Professional MembershipsSouth Carolina Bar Association
•District of Columbia Bar Association
•American Bar Association - Antitrust Section
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803.253.8267

Fax

803-727-1431

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David C. Eddy
Counsel
 1230 Main Street, Suite 700,
Columbia, SC 29201

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