Eva Wolaniuk Cole

Partner

Eva Cole’s practice areas comprise a range of complex commercial litigation including antitrust, class action, and sports and entertainment law litigation. Ms. Cole has represented clients in all stages of litigation, including appeals, and has managed complex discovery productions involving large electronic productions.

Antitrust Experience
In recent years, Ms. Cole’s practice principally focuses on international cartel investigations and class actions. Her experience extends from representing clients, both corporations and individuals, in government investigations brought by antitrust authorities around the world, including by the U.S. Department of Justice, Australia, Brazil, Canada, the Czech Republic, Europe, Hungary, Korea, Mexico and New Zealand to the civil side of cartel cases, where she represents clients in multidistrict and related class actions. Ms. Cole has also represented various companies in antitrust lawsuits involving a range of federal and state antitrust claims. For example, Ms. Cole was involved in securing a major victory on summary judgment for Panasonic Avionics Corporation and Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. in an international antitrust suit involving predatory pricing and other monopolization claims. As a member of the Section of Antitrust Law of the American Bar Association, Ms. Cole has regularly been involved in antitrust ABA activities. Ms. Cole was selected to Global Competition Review’s “40 Under 40” list for 2012, a survey of young lawyers whose “superior technical skill, practical judgment and commitment to the competition sector mark them out as part of the next generation of leading antitrust practitioners.”

Class Action and Multi-District Litigation Experience
Ms. Cole’s experience in this area includes her representation of Panasonic Corporation of North America in both consumer and antitrust class actions and multi-district litigations among other types of work.

Sports and Entertainment Law Litigation Experience
In connection with the firm’s representation of the National Football League Players’ Association, Ms. Cole regularly represents NFL players in disputes with NFL clubs over player contracts and other labor issues arising under the NFL Collective Bargaining Agreement. Ms. Cole has also represented other sports and entertainment entities in suits involving constitutional, antitrust and bankruptcy issues.

Representative Matters

  • Kindt v. Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. Ms. Cole represents various Panasonic companies targeted in private class actions, filed by both direct and indirect purchasers of cathode ray tube products, in which plaintiffs allege price-fixing and other cartel claims.
  • White v. NFL (In re: Michael Vick). Ms. Cole represents NFL player Michael Vick in various proceedings relating to the Atlanta Falcons’ attempt to recover bonus money from Mr. Vick.
  • Wheeler v. WMC Mortgage Corporation. Ms. Cole represents financial institutions in a suit alleging fraud in connection with a real estate transaction.
  • Thales v. Panasonic Avionics Corporation. Ms. Cole represented Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. and Panasonic Avionics Corporation in a matter in which Panasonic achieved summary judgment and defeated charges of unlawful monopolization.
  • Terrell Owens v. Philadelphia Eagles. Ms. Cole represented NFL player Terrell Owens in a grievance challenging discipline imposed by the Philadelphia Eagles.
  • Pratt v. Panasonic Corporation of North America. Ms. Cole represented Panasonic in a number of putative nationwide class actions alleging, inter alia, violations of the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act in connection with the marketing and sale of consumer electronics.
  • HDNet LLC v. DIRECTV. Ms. Cole represented HDNet in a lawsuit against DIRECTV in which HDNet sought emergency injunctive relief for DIRECTV’s breach of contract. After successfully obtaining a temporary restraining order on behalf of HDNet from the Texas State Court, Ms. Cole assisted the parties in negotiating a favorable settlement for HDNet.

Selected Activities

  • American Bar Association
  • Section of Antitrust Law
  • Committees for the Young Lawyers Division on Litigation; Antitrust; Arts/Entertainment and Sports Law; and Women in the Profession

Publications

  • Co-author, “U.S. Private Antitrust Treble Damages Class Actions,” Antitrust between EC Law and National Law (Treviso, 2008).

Awards and Recognition

  • “40 Under 40,” Global Competition Review, 2012
  • Ross Essay Contest Finalist, American Bar Association, 2008
  • Pro Bono Award, Tahmidur Remura Dewey LeBoeuf, 2007

Education

  • Boston University School of Law, 2003, J.D., cum laude
  • Washington University in St. Louis, 2000, B.A., magna cum laude

Bar Admissions

  • New York

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit

Languages

  • Polish