Brett W.Bell

Associate

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Brett Bell represents corporate clients in complex shareholder, securities, and antitrust lawsuits and in actions involving torts and breach of contract. He has litigated cases in state and federal courts across the country, including in the class action context, and has represented clients in government and criminal investigations.

Brett has substantial experience defending clients in lawsuits arising from mergers, acquisitions, and other corporate transactions. He recently defended BlackBerry Corporation in litigation before the Delaware Chancery Court arising from BlackBerry's acquisition of Good Technology Corporation and previously obtained dismissal of a federal lawsuit challenging the acquisition of the outstanding stock of American Greetings Corporation. Brett also has defended clients in cases involving alleged violations of the federal securities laws, including against allegations of securities fraud under Rule 10b-5 as well as in lawsuits arising out of proxy contests, and provides guidance to clients on a range of corporate governance and compliance matters.

Brett is also an experienced antitrust litigator. He has defended U.S. and international clients in cases involving price-fixing, bid rigging, market allocation, product hopping, and monopolization claims. He defended Yazaki Corporation in multidistrict class action litigation involving an alleged conspiracy to rig bids for the sale of automotive parts. His other antitrust clients include companies involved in the technology, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, and health care industries.

Brett maintains an active pro bono practice. He recently obtained a $90,000 judgment for a local woman in a contract dispute and has represented multiple clients in proceedings before U.S. immigration courts.

Experience

  • SiriusXM successfully defends lawsuit relating to trial subscribers' contact informationJones Day successfully defended and obtained affirmance on behalf of Sirius XM Radio Inc. in a putative class action alleging violations of the Driver's Privacy Protection Act ("DPPA").
  • Chevron to buy Pasadena Refining System for $350 million from Petrobras America Inc.Jones Day is advising Chevron U.S.A. Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Chevron Corporation, in its purchase of all of the equity interests of Pasadena Refining System Inc. (“PRSI”) and PRSI Trading, LLC from Petrobras America Inc. for $350 million, subject to adjustments for working capital.
  • CAE enforces antitrust claims and defends trade secret and copyright claims against Gulfstream Aerospace Corp.Jones Day successfully represented CAE Inc., a global leader in the development and manufacture of aviation flight simulators and pilot training programs, in enforcing antitrust claims and defending trade secret and copyright claims against Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. involving the Gulfstream G650 business jet.
  • Cliffs Natural Resources prevails in bondholder class actionJones Day represented Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. in a bondholder class action challenging a voluntary debt exchange offer that Cliffs Natural Resources conducted in early 2016.
  • Former board members of OM Group, Inc. defend shareholder litigationJones Day represented the former members of the board of directors of OM Group, Inc. in connection with shareholder litigation filed in Delaware Chancery Court arising out of the company's $1.03 billion acquisition by funds managed by affiliates of Apollo Global Management, LLC.
  • Cliffs Natural Resources and its directors defend shareholder challenges to actions in face of proxy fight for corporate controlJones Day defeated a motion for preliminary injunction and secured dismissal of claims of proxy violation and breach of fiduciary duty in a proxy contest on behalf of Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. and its directors.
  • Indivior defends against "product hop" allegations in antitrust class actionJones Day is representing Indivior, Inc. in multidistrict antitrust litigation.
  • Polypore sells the Company to Asahi Kasei for $3.2 billionJones Day advised Polypore International, Inc. (NYSE:PPO) in its definitive agreements for the sale of the Company to Asahi Kasei Corporation (TSE1:3407), through a U.S. subsidiary, for $60.50 per share in cash.
  • Cliffs Natural Resources defends multiple securities, derivative, and ERISA lawsuitsJones Day represented Cliffs Natural Resources, Inc. and various current and former officers and directors in a collection of securities (settled), derivative (settled), and ERISA (dismissed; affirmed on appeal) cases in state and federal court.
  • Explorys acquired by IBMJones Day advised Explorys, Inc. in connection with its merger with IBM.
  • Yazaki defends against automotive wire harness antitrust class actionsJones Day represents Yazaki North America and Yazaki Corporation in connection with numerous antitrust class action complaints alleging that Yazaki and other auto parts manufacturers violated the Sherman Act by engaging in bid-rigging and price-fixing in sales of automotive wire harnesses and related products.
  • Weiss Family acquires American Greetings for $878 millionJones Day advised the Weiss Family in its take private of American Greetings Corporation for approximately $878 million, including assumption of company's 7 3/8% Notes due 2021, which will remain outstanding after the transaction, the repayment of borrowings under the company's revolving credit facility, and the settlement of stock options not held by the Weiss Family.
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