GCR Honors RMP LLP with 2023 Behavioral Matter of the Year Award

RMP LLP, along with the other defense firms in the broiler chicken criminal antitrust case, were honored with Global Competition Review’s (GCR) 2023 “Behavioral Matter of the Year (Americas)” award, which recognizes the creative, strategic, and innovative work handled by teams of lawyers and economists and the biggest cases from 2022. Winners were announced at GCR’s 13th annual awards ceremony on March 28, 2023, in Washington, D.C.

Behavioral Matter of the Year (Americas) – Acquittals in U.S. Department of Justice’s Broiler Chicken Probe

The RMP trial team secured a complete dismissal of charges in a federal criminal trial in Denver, Colorado against the Department of Justice (DOJ), in a case alleging that bids were rigged, and prices were fixed over an eight-year period in the $28 billion per year broiler chicken industry. The dismissal of the charge against their client followed two mistrials where jurors deadlocked after weeks of trial. A third trial involving 5 of the remaining executives resulted in acquittals. The case stemmed from an indictment that charged 10 executives with criminal violations of the Sherman Act. 

In addition to GCR’s recognition, the successful dismissal earned the RMP team, along with the other defense teams, The American Lawyer’s “Litigator of the Week” recognition, and the case garnered extensive national attention from major news outlets, including The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Forbes, Reuters, Politico, and CNBC, among others. Led by partners Wendy Johnson and Christopher Plumlee, the trial team also included Seth Haines, Lisa Geary, Bo Renner, Larry McCredy, Anna Broadaway, and Taylor Baltz.

Considered the world’s leading antitrust and competition law journal, the annual GCR Awards are based on a nomination and voting process open only to employees of law firms, economic consultancies, government agencies, universities, and competition advocacy organizations. Employees are not allowed to vote for matters in which their organization was involved.  

April 11, 2023

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