Peggy J. Wedgworth is a Senior Partner and Chair of the Antitrust Practice Group. She was an Assistant District Attorney in Brooklyn, New York. Since leaving the public sector in 1989, she has handled numerous securities, commodities, antitrust and whistleblower matters, and is a Super Lawyer in New York, New York since 2015.
Peggy Wedgworth is currently serving as lead class counsel on behalf of auto dealerships, and co-lead counsel in a major antitrust MDL against the two leading providers of auto dealer management systems, CDK Global, LLC and The Reynolds & Reynolds Company. See In re Dealer Management Systems Antitrust Litigation, MDL No. 2817 (N.D. Ill.). She has also been appointed to the steering committee of In re Google Play Consumer Antitrust Litig., 20-CV-05761 (N.D. Cal.), a consolidated class action lawsuit alleging Google antitrust violations.
Ms. Wedgworth represents defrauded investors and consumers, and she currently represents consumers in In re Contact Lens Antitrust Litigation and car dealerships in an antitrust action brought against software suppliers. She actively litigated In re Initial Public Offering Securities Litigation for over five years, which settled for $586 million, and In re Merck & Co. Securities Litigation, which had a combined settlement totaling $1.062 billion. She also won a jury trial against R.J. Reynolds in a wrongful death tobacco case in Florida state court.
Ms. Wedgworth has litigated antitrust and commodities class actions on behalf of plaintiffs including extensive experience in all aspects of pre-trial discovery in, among other cases, In re Brand Name Prescription Drugs Antitrust Litigation, No. 94-897, 1996 WL 351180 (N.D. Ill. June 24, 1996) (approving $351 million settlement); In re NASDAQ Market-Makers Antitrust Litigation, 187 F.R.D. 465 (S.D.N.Y.) ($1,027,000,000 settlement); In re Microsoft Litigation, MDL 1332 (D. Md.) (consolidated class actions alleging long term unlawful maintenance of a monopoly and other anticompetitive conduct by Microsoft resulting favorable partial settlements); In re Soybean Futures Litigation, No. 89-7009 (N.D. Ill.) ($21,500,000 class settlement providing claiming class members/soybean futures traders a full recovery under plaintiffs’ expert’s formula); In re Sumitomo Copper Litigation, 74 F. Supp. 2d 393, 395 (S.D.N.Y. 1999) (“The recovery is the largest class action recovery in the 75 plus year history of the Commodity Exchange Act.”); Kohen v. Pacific Investment Management Company, LLC, No. 05-4681 (N.D. Ill.) (certified class of treasury bond futures purchasers alleging manipulation of the futures market); Leider v. Ralfe, No. 01-3137 (D.N.J.) (alleging price-fixing and monopolization in the diamond market by DeBeers resulting in a settlement of $250,000,000 and extensive injunctive relief); and In re Natural Gas Commodities Litigation, 03-6186 (S.D.N.Y.) ($101 million settlement).
Ms. Wedgworth regularly speaks on topics relating to antitrust litigation, multi-district litigation and class action issues, and consumer matters. She is a member of the New York State Bar Association’s Antitrust Committee, where she has served as both a speaker and panelist, and the American Bar Association, Antitrust Committee, and a member of the American Association of Justice.
Ms. Wedgworth is a trustee of the Pound Civil Justice Institute, a think tank dedicated to the preservation of the civil justice system. She has authored articles that can be found in several publications, most recently in the December 2019 issue of Trial magazine entitled, Challenging “Attorneys’ Eyes Only” and Improper Categorical Privilege Logs. She is a member of the bars of New York and the U.S. Supreme Court