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Seth R. Gassman

Experience

Seth has over a decade of antitrust litigation and regulatory experience, and has represented clients in many different industries over the course of his career, including manufacturing, transportation, pharmaceuticals and health care.

Seth began his legal career at Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP. While there, he focused on antitrust litigation and regulatory compliance.
 
Clients

Seth currently represents victims of domestic and international anticompetitive conduct. His current clients include rail freight shippers, medical laboratories, airline passengers, and property owners, among others.

Practice Areas

  • In re Rail Freight Fuel Surcharge Antitrust – Hausfeld serves as co-lead counsel representing a shippers who allege that the nation’s largest freight-shipping railroads conspired to fix rail-freight fuel surcharges.
  • In re Transpacific Passenger Air Transportation Antitrust Litigation – Seth represents a class of airline passenger who allege that several major airlines conspired to inflate the costs of tickets for travel between the United States and Asia/Oceania. All defendants have now settled in this matter, with total compensation to the classes reaching nearly $150 million.
  • In re Domestic Airline Travel Antitrust Litigation – Seth represents a proposed class of airline passenger who allege a conspiracy by United, American, Delta, and Southwest to artificially inflate domestic airline ticket prices by limiting capacity. Although discovery is ongoing, settlements total $60 million to date.

What Others Say

  • Seth has been named a San Francisco Super Lawyer (2019)
  • Newman Prize Recipient for article, “Direct Democracy as Cultural Dispute Resolution: The Missing Egalitarianism of Cultural Entrenchment”

Education

New York University School of Law, J.D., 2003

University of California, Berkley, B.A., with honors, 1999

Bar Admissions

California

District of Columbia

New York 

Southern and Eastern Districts of New York

Eastern District of Michigan

Northern District of California

Affiliations & Memberships

Senior Symposium Editor, New York University School of Law Journal of Legislation and Public Policy

Newman Prize Recipient for article, “Direct Democracy as Cultural Dispute Resolution: The Missing Egalitarianism of Cultural Entrenchment”

Commencement Speaker, University of California at Berkeley, Departmental Graduation 

Publications

Jay L. Himes and Seth R. Gassman, “No Rest{itution} for the Weary: Crime Victims and Treble Damages in Antitrust Cases,” BNA’s Antitrust and Trade Regulation Report,” November 18, 2011

Michael Hausfeld, Steig Olson & Seth Gassman, “Antitrust Class Actions: Continued Vitality,” Global Competition Review, The Antitrust Review of the Americas, 2008

Seth Gassman, "Global Enforcement of Anticompetitive Conduct,” presented in Florence, Italy at The Tenth Annual Sedona Conference on Antitrust Law & Litigation: The Globalization of Antitrust Enforcement, September 2008.

Seth Gassman, “Direct Democracy as Cultural Dispute Resolution: The Missing Egalitarianism of Cultural Entrenchment.” 6 NYU Journal of Legislation and Public Policy 525 (2002-2003) 

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