Steven Benz is a partner at Kellogg, Hansen, Todd, Figel & Frederick, P.L.L.C. in Washington, DC. He focuses his practice on prosecuting and defending leading-edge cases involving the intersection of competition law and intellectual property rights, including monopolization, price fixing, and class actions under federal and state law. He has over thirty years of litigation and counseling experience and has served as counsel of record in over 140 litigated cases, trials, and appeals. Mr. Benz is a frequent speaker at conferences on competition law and complex civil litigation topics.
Mr. Benz currently represents Veeva Systems Inc. in antitrust claims against IQVIA Incorporated and IMS Software Services Ltd. in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey. IQVIA Inc., et al. v. Veeva Systems Inc. (No. 2:17-cv-00177) (D.N.J.) and Veeva Systems Inc. v. IQVIA Inc., et al. (No. 2:19-cv-18558) (D.N.J.). Veeva is alleging that IQVIA has abused monopoly power as the dominant provider of data products for life sciences companies to prevent the parties’ mutual companies from using Veeva data products and MDM, CRM, and commercial data warehouse software solutions. Veeva is seeking injunctive relief and monetary damages exceeding $200 million.
Mr. Benz was also co-lead counsel and represented the Dial Corporation, Henkel Consumer Goods, Inc., Kraft Heinz Foods Company, H.J. Heinz Company, L.P., Foster Poultry Farms, Smithfield Foods, Inc., HP Hood, LLC, and BEF Foods, Inc. in The Dial Corporation, et al. v. News Corporation, et al. (No. 13-CV-06802) (S.D.N.Y), a Sherman Act monopolization case involving third-party in-store promotions. In 2016, on the first day of trial, he secured a settlement of $250 million and significant injunctive relief for his clients and the certified class of 699 CPG (consumer product goods) companies.
Mr. Benz received his JD from Stanford Law School, where he was President of the Stanford Law Review, and his BA from Johns Hopkins University, where he was Phi Beta Kappa, and received General Honors and Departmental Honors.
Government Service: Major, Deputy Staff Judge Advocate, 113th Fighter Wing, DC Air National Guard and US Air Force Reserve, Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, 1991-1998
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