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Beth L. Fancsali

Beth L. Fancsali

Locke Lord LLP
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    Beth Fancsali is a partner in the Litigation Department of Locke Lord Edwards. She counsels and defends corporations in complex investigation and litigation matters covering antitrust, corporate compliance and governance, and other commercial subjects. Many of these matters extend across multiple jurisdictions, are brought as class actions, or are parallel to internal or government investigations.

    Antitrust

    • Counsel for CNA in nationwide multi-district class action and related tag-along cases alleging industry-wide customer allocation conspiracy among insurers and brokers under the Sherman Act, the RICO statute and other laws. Dismissal of all federal claims against CNA was affirmed on appeal. In re Insurance Brokerage Antitrust Litigation, 618 F.3d 300 (3d Cir. 2010).

    • Successful defense of electrical product manufacturer in a multi-week arbitration proceeding brought by former distributor alleging antitrust conspiracy (Sherman Act), price discrimination (Robinson-Patman Act), wrongful termination, deceptive conduct under several state consumer protection statutes, and other common law tort claims. The claimant sought more than $10 million in damages, but was awarded nothing and ordered to pay all costs of the arbitration.

    • Representation of companies in antitrust investigations by various state attorneys general about alleged group boycott and conspiracy to rig bids or allocate markets.

    • Representation of leading manufacturer of hospital equipment in monopolization and attempted monopolization claims brought by competitor with novel theories of bundling and monopoly leveraging, tying and predatory pricing claims.

    • Regular counseling of clients in various industries on antitrust issues relating to distribution, marketing, pricing, competitive intelligence gathering, and compliance programs.

    Investigations and Compliance

    • Representation of company and individual responding to Federal Trade Commission Civil Investigative Demands about Telemarketing Sales Rule.

    • Representation of individual employee in United States Attorney investigation involving automobile manufacturer.

    • Led internal investigation for audit committee of publicly traded company regarding anonymous allegations of conflicts of interest and misuse of corporate funds by company executive.

    • Led investigation for non-profit corporation associated with public university regarding potential conflicts of interest, corporate structure, relationship to for-profit subsidiary, and compensation practices.

    • Conducted investigation for special committee formed by board of directors of publicly traded company related to shareholder derivative suit against current and former officers and directors of the company.

    • Conducted internal investigation for insurance company arising from “whistleblower” allegations of fraud.

    • Represented Chicago company in investigation and competing civil lawsuits by and against the San Diego District Attorney’s Office and Attorney General of California involving application and constitutionality of consumer protection statutes.

    • Representation of target individual in investigation by several federal government agencies and grand jury proceeding concerning accounting practices—no indictment issued.

    • Internal investigation for school district about widespread media reports of fraud in alternative teacher certification program.

    • Compliance program review and counseling.

    Commercial Litigation

    • Representation of private equity company asserting complex fraud claims related to multi-million dollar loan to another company.

    • Defended majority member of limited liability company in case alleging breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty.

    • Defended Florida class action alleging violation of consumer protection and deceptive practices statutes, including trial and settlement based on court’s award of less than 20 percent of damages sought.

    • Represented several retailers in multiple rounds of litigation alleging reverse false claims about tax on sales and shipping charges for internet purchases. These cases involved novel issues and interlocutory appeals to the Illinois appellate court and the Illinois Supreme Court.

    • Defense of lawsuit by non-profit organization alleging violation of the Fair Housing Act and Americans with Disabilities Act concerning accessibility of 300 apartment properties nationwide.

    • Achieved dismissal of Australian company from thousands of asbestos suits in landmark personal jurisdiction mandamus proceeding. CSR Limited v. Link, 925 S.W.2d 591 (Tex. 1996). Noted as one of the “three most important Texas cases in the area of personal jurisdiction” by O’Connor’s Texas Rules – Civil Trials.

    Featured Experience

    • Insurance Brokerage Antitrust Litigation

      In 2012 and 2013, Edwards Wildman lawyers with experience in Antitrust, Litigation, and Insurance served as counsel to the six insurance company defendants named in litigation filed by commercial insurance policy holders challenging contingent commission agreements between brokers and insurance companies, alleging claims under the antitrust and racketeering. MORE

    • Insurance Brokerage Antitrust Litigation

      In 2012 and 2013, Edwards Wildman lawyers with experience in Antitrust, Litigation, and Insurance served as counsel to the six insurance company defendants named in litigation filed by commercial insurance policy holders challenging contingent commission agreements between brokers and insurance companies, alleging claims under the antitrust and racketeering. MORE

    • Insurance Brokerage Antitrust Litigation

      In 2012 and 2013, Edwards Wildman lawyers with experience in Antitrust, Litigation, and Insurance served as counsel to the six insurance company defendants named in litigation filed by commercial insurance policy holders challenging contingent commission agreements between brokers and insurance companies, alleging claims under the antitrust and racketeering. MORE

    • Insurance Brokerage Antitrust Litigation

      In 2012 and 2013, Edwards Wildman lawyers with experience in Antitrust, Litigation, and Insurance served as counsel to the six insurance company defendants named in litigation filed by commercial insurance policy holders challenging contingent commission agreements between brokers and insurance companies, alleging claims under the antitrust and racketeering. MORE

    • Insurance Brokerage Antitrust Litigation

      In 2012 and 2013, Edwards Wildman lawyers with experience in Antitrust, Litigation, and Insurance served as counsel to the six insurance company defendants named in litigation filed by commercial insurance policy holders challenging contingent commission agreements between brokers and insurance companies, alleging claims under the antitrust and racketeering. MORE

    • Insurance Brokerage Antitrust Litigation

      In 2012 and 2013, Edwards Wildman lawyers with experience in Antitrust, Litigation, and Insurance served as counsel to the six insurance company defendants named in litigation filed by commercial insurance policy holders challenging contingent commission agreements between brokers and insurance companies, alleging claims under the antitrust and racketeering. MORE

    • Insurance Brokerage Antitrust Litigation

      In 2012 and 2013, Edwards Wildman lawyers with experience in Antitrust, Litigation, and Insurance served as counsel to the six insurance company defendants named in litigation filed by commercial insurance policy holders challenging contingent commission agreements between brokers and insurance companies, alleging claims under the antitrust and racketeering. MORE

    Before Edwards Wildman

    Beth was a partner of Haynes and Boone, LLP in Dallas, Texas until she returned to her home state of Illinois in 2003 and joined the legacy firm of Wildman, Harrold, Allen & Dixon, LLP.

    Besides Edwards Wildman

    Beth rides and shows Morgan horses that have won world, national and regional titles and uses that passion as a platform for other community involvement. Beth is a Trustee of The American Morgan Horse Institute and Vice President of The Jubilee Regional Championship Morgan Horse Show, both of which benefit educational and other charitable causes.

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