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Hilary K. Scherrer
Ms. Scherrer is a partner in Hausfeld LLP’s Washington, DC office. She has extensive experience representing businesses and individuals in antitrust, consumer fraud, and other complex litigation matters, at both the trial court and appellate court levels. She also has experience working on international arbitration and settlement matters.
She has been named one of the country’s top “Antitrust Litigation Stars,” one of the District of Columbia’s “Local Litigation Stars,” and one of the “Top 150 Women in Litigation” by Benchmark Plaintiff, a definitive guide to America’s leading plaintiff-side litigation firms and attorneys. She has also been featured by The Plaintiffs’ Hot List, an annual list of the nation’s top plaintiff-side firms prepared by the National Law Journal.
Ms. Scherrer is currently involved in several high-profile antitrust cases. She is leading In re NCAA Student-Athlete Name & Likeness Licensing Litigation (N.D. Cal.), also known as the O’Bannon case, in which current and former student-athletes allege that the NCAA and others conspired to pay nothing for the use of athletes’ names, images, and likenesses. The case, which has garnered significant press attention, is being viewed as a potential game-changer for college sports.
Ms. Scherrer is also leading In re Libor-Based Financial Instruments Antitrust Litigation (S.D.N.Y.), a class action lawsuit alleging a global conspiracy by some of the world’s largest financial institutions to manipulate LIBOR. The manipulation of LIBOR, which is the primary benchmark for short-term interest rates for trillions of dollars worth of financial transactions worldwide, is alleged to have caused billions of dollars in damage to municipalities, businesses, and investors.
Ms. Scherrer’s other current cases include In re Air Cargo Antitrust Litigation (E.D.N.Y.), a massive class action alleging a global conspiracy to set fuel surcharges by over thirty defendant air carriers in which there are over $485 million in settlements to date, and In re Chocolate Confectionary Antitrust Litigation (M.D. Pa.), a case alleging that the major chocolate manufacturers, Nestle, Mars, Cadbury and Hershey conspired to fix the prices of chocolate candy.
During her career, Ms. Scherrer has worked on other significant antitrust cases, including: In re Polyurethane Foam Antitrust Litigation (N.D. Ohio); In re Municipal Derivatives Antitrust Litigation (S.D.N.Y.); In re Publication Paper Antitrust Litigation (D. Conn.); In re Construction Flat Glass II Antitrust Litigation (W.D. Pa.); Animalfeeds International Corp. et al. v. Stolt-Nielsen SA (arbitration); In re Oriented Strand Board Antitrust Litigation (E.D. Pa.); In re International Air Transportation Surcharge Litigation (N.D. Cal.); Thomas & Thomas Rodmakers, Inc. v. Newport Adhesives and Composites, Inc. et al. (C.D. Cal.); and In re Microcrystalline Cellulose Antitrust Litigation (E.D. Pa.).
In addition to her work on antitrust cases, Ms. Scherrer was involved in Schwab v. Philip Morris USA et al. (E.D.N.Y.), in which the plaintiffs alleged a RICO conspiracy and fraud in connection with the marketing and sale of “light” cigarettes. She also represented Holocaust victims in a breach of contract case alleging certain German corporations failed to pay appropriate interest due on their payments to a reparations fund and Wal-Mart employees in wage and hour cases alleging that Wal-Mart failed to properly pay for the hours that employees worked.
University of Colorado, Boulder, B.A., 1996
American University Washington College of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2000
District of Columbia
Affiliations & Honors
Named one of the country’s top “Antitrust Litigation Stars” by Benchmark Plaintiff
Named one of the District of Columbia’s “Local Litigation Stars” by Benchmark Plaintiff
Named one of the “Top 150 Women in Litigation” by Benchmark Plaintiff
Served on the Law360 Competition Editorial Advisory Board