Overview

Bob Wierenga's practice focuses on complex commercial litigation, with an emphasis on antitrust litigation and class action defense. He has a wide range of experience in counseling large and small clients on antitrust, intellectual property, and fair trade issues arising under federal, state, and foreign law. He has represented clients in antitrust cases, consumer class actions, and other complex disputes in courts around the country, and has assisted clients who have been contacted by the U.S. Department of Justice, the Canadian Competition Bureau, and the European Commission's Directorate General for Competition. He also regularly counsels clients involved in litigation or arbitration arising out of complex commercial contracts or partnership agreements.

Bob is coordinating partner of Schiff Hardin’s Ann Arbor office.

  • Experience

    • Deppe v. NCAA (7th Cir. 2018). Defended NCAA against putative class action challenging transfer rules.
    • Encana Oil & Gas v. Zaremba Family Farms (6th Cir. 2018). Defended client against price-fixing and fraud claims.
    • Pugh v. NCAA (S.D. Ind. 2016). Defended NCAA against putative class action challenging scholarship and transfer rules.
    • Rock v. NCAA (S.D. Ind. 2016). Defended NCAA against putative class action challenging scholarship rules.
    • In re Student-Athlete Likeness Litigation (N.D. Cal. 2013). Defended NCAA against putative class action claims for price fixing and group boycott in connection with alleged use of student-athlete likenesses.
    • Agnew v. NCAA (7th Circuit 2012). Defended NCAA against putative class action challenging scholarship rules.
    • Date v. Sony Electronics, Inc., et al. (E.D. Mich. 20012). Defended clients in putative national class action asserting claims for violation of consumer protection statutes, breach of warranty, and unjust enrichment.
    • Warrior Sports, Inc. v. NCAA (6th Cir. 2010). Defended NCAA against antitrust challenge to sports equipment rules.
    • Valassis Communications, Inc. v. News America Marketing, et al. (E.D. Mich. 2010). Represented publishing company on claim that defendant violated the Sherman Act and state unfair competition laws by engaging in anticompetitive tying, bundling, and exclusive dealing.
    • White v. NCAA (C.D. Cal. 2008). Defended NCAA against putative class action challenging financial aid rules.
    • In re NCAA 1-A Walk-On Football Players Litigation (W.D. Wash. 2006). Defended NCAA against putative class action challenging team scholarship rules.
    • Metropolitan Intercollegiate Basketball Ass'n v. NCAA (S.D.N.Y. 2005). Defended NCAA against group boycott claim.
    • In re Electrical and Mechanical Carbon Antitrust Litigation (D.N.J. 2004). Represented clients against purported class action claims for price-fixing and market division.
    • Electrical and Mechanical Carbon and Graphite Products, European Commission Case C.38-359 (2003). Represented clients in proceedings before the European Commission in connection with claims of price-fixing and market division in violation of Article 85 of the E.C. Treaty.
    • Tanaka v. University of Southern California, et al. (9th Cir. 2001). Defended NCAA against claim that student-athlete transfer rules violated Sherman Act.
    • Adidas America, Inc. v. NCAA (D. Kan. 1999). Defended NCAA against claim that equipment rules illegally restrained market for in-game advertising.
  • Credentials

    Education

    • University of Michigan Law School, J.D., 1995, magna cum laude
      Order of the Coif
    • University of Michigan, B.A., 1991

    Bar Admissions

    • Michigan
    • California
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
    • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
    • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
    • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (Trial Bar)
    • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana
    • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
    • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan

        Professional Memberships

        • American Bar Association, Antitrust Law Section
        • State Bar of Michigan, Antitrust, Franchise and Trade Regulation Section, Litigation Section
      • Insights

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        New Indictments Raise Antitrust Issues in Employment Settings

        Two recent federal criminal indictments have captured the attention of both antitrust and employment lawyers, as well as the legal and business community nationwide.

        News Release

        Eighty-One Attorneys Named to 2021 Leading Lawyers

        Schiff Hardin LLP is pleased to have 81 attorneys named to the 2021 Leading Lawyers list.

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        Three Partners Named to Michigan 2020 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars Lists

        Schiff Hardin LLP is pleased to announce that three attorneys have been named to the Michigan Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists for 2020.

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        Best Lawyers Recognizes 59 Schiff Attorneys, Six “Lawyers of the Year,” and 21 Ones to Watch

        Schiff Hardin LLP is pleased to announce that 59 attorneys have been listed in the 2021 edition of The Best Lawyers in America, with six attorneys also being named a “Lawyer of the Year” in their respective areas of practice and location.

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        Eighty-Eight Attorneys Named to 2020 Leading Lawyers

        Schiff Hardin LLP is pleased to announce that 88 attorneys have been named to the 2020 Leading Lawyers list.

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        2020 Best Lawyers in America Lists Recognizes 63 Attorneys, Three “Lawyers of the Year”

        Schiff Hardin LLP is pleased to announce that 63 attorneys have been included in the 2020 edition of The Best Lawyers in America, with three attorneys also being named a “Lawyer of the Year” in their respective areas of practice.

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        Three Attorneys Named to 2019 Michigan Super Lawyers

        Schiff Hardin LLP is pleased to announce that three attorneys have been named to the 2019 Michigan Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists.

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        2019 Leading Lawyers Lists Recognize 95 Schiff Attorneys

        Schiff Hardin LLP is pleased to have 95 attorneys named to the 2019 Leading Lawyers list.

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        2018 Michigan Super Lawyers, Rising Stars Recognized Three Schiff Attorneys

        Schiff Hardin LLP is pleased to announce that three attorneys have been named to the 2018 Michigan Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists.

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        61 Schiff Attorneys Named to 2019 Best Lawyers in America List and Six Recognized as “Lawyer of the Year”

        Schiff Hardin is pleased to announce that 61 attorneys have been included in the 2019 edition of The Best Lawyers in America, as well as six who were named a “Lawyer of the Year” in their respective areas of practice.

        Other Publications

        • "The BCS: Antitrust Goes Bowling?" (co-author) GCP Magazine (May 2009)
        • "What Happens When Someone Calls a Foul on the Referee?" (co-author) The ABA Trade Association Committee Newsletter (Summer 2007)

        Speeches & Presentations

        • "When Must Competitors Compete? Antitrust, Sports and the 'Trade or Commerce' Requirement," ABA Antitrust Section Brown Bag Teleconference (Oct. 24, 2008)
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      Can antitrust defendants benefit from eBay?

      Antitrust class action plaintiffs are seeking injunctive relief more and more frequently. Ann Arbor partner Bob Wierenga traces the Court's increasing reliance on the 4-factor eBay test when considering injunctive relief, and what defendants can do to strengthen their cases. More