Karen Hoffman Lent

Karen Hoffman Lent

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Karen Hoffman Lent represents a wide variety of clients in antitrust, sports and other complex litigation matters at both the trial and appellate court levels. Ms. Lent also provides general antitrust counseling. She was selected for inclusion in Sports Business Journal’s “Forty Under Forty” 2013 list. In the antitrust litigation area, Ms. Lent has handled a number of litigations involving price-fixing, group boycotts, monopolization, other restraints of trade and class actions. Ms. Lent currently is representing Pfizer in a class action alleging monopolization with respect to the drug Neurontin. Other representations include, among others, Ainsworth Lumber Company in an antitrust class action alleging price fixing in the Oriented Strand Board industry; New York-Presbyterian Hospital in a putative antitrust class action brought by resident physicians; International Paper Company in an antitrust class action alleging price-fixing; and IASIS Healthcare in an antitrust action challenging a series of exclusive contracts. Ms. Lent has extensive experience counseling professional sports leagues and teams on a variety of antitrust and sports law matters. She is representing the National Basketball Association (NBA) and four of its teams in a litigation brought by the Spirits of St. Louis regarding the Spirits’ right to receive a portion of the teams’ television revenues. She also advised the NBA and its member teams in connection with its most recent labor dispute and lockout and has successfully arbitrated several disputes involving disability insurance coverage for NBA players. Ms. Lent represented the National Hockey League in connection with the Phoenix Coyotes’ attempt to relocate the team, out of bankruptcy, over the league’s objection. She has litigated other disputes on behalf of the NBA, the National Football League, the National Hockey League and the Arena Football League, as well as their member teams, involving relocation, intellectual property rights, player discipline and salary protection. She also has provided advice on various issues to Madison Square Garden, the PGA Tour and Collegiate Licensing Corporation. In the area of general antitrust counseling, Ms. Lent advises numerous clients on compliance with basic antitrust statutes, including issues relating to competitor collaborations, unilateral conduct and distribution. She also presents antitrust compliance programs. Ms. Lent actively works on pro bono matters, and received the Legal Aid Society Pro Bono Publico Award in 2009 and 2011 for her successful representation of a disabled senior citizen whose landlord illegally overcharged her monthly rent for several years

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