F. Matthew Ralph
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F. Matthew Ralph

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ralph.matthew@dorsey.com

Overview

MATT REPRESENTS CLIENTS IN ANTITRUST AND OTHER COMPLEX LITIGATION. HE SERVES HIS CLIENTS WITH PASSION, CONVICTION, AND IMAGINATION, AROUND THE CLOCK AND AROUND THE WORLD.

Matt is Co-Chair of Dorsey’s Antitrust Practice Group and a member of Dorsey’s Commercial Litigation Group. He specializes in antitrust and other complex litigation. He has represented or advised numerous Minnesota companies on antitrust litigation matters involving the Sherman Act, Clayton Act, government investigations, horizontal price-fixing and bid-rigging, vertical restraints, monopolization and attempted monopolization, exclusive dealing, loyalty discounts, bundled discounts, Walker Process fraud, and the Noerr-Pennington doctrine. Matt has experience in numerous industries, including financial services, transportation, optical, telecommunications, and medical devices.

Matt has also represented clients in complex contractual disputes, Foreign Sovereign Immunity matters, international arbitrations, securities and ERISA class actions, First Amendment, and consumer protection matters.

Matt has won cases in federal and state courts throughout the country, in district court and on appeal. Matt was acknowledged as a Chambers Recognized Practitioner in Antitrust Law in 2017 and a Minnesota Super Lawyer in Antitrust Litigation in 2015 and 2016. He was a Minnesota Lawyer Attorney of the Year in 2013. Matt is an active member of the ABA’s Antitrust Section and former chair of the Antitrust Section of the Minnesota State Bar Association (2013). Matt also teaches antitrust as an adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota Law School and at St. Thomas Law School.

Matt was named a Dorsey Partner of the Year in 2016 and has twice won Dorsey’s Scales of Justice Award (in 2010 and 2016) for outstanding pro bono work.

Before joining Dorsey, Matt clerked for the Hon. Diana E. Murphy on the Eighth Circuit. Matt graduated from the University of Michigan Law School, where he served as Executive Article Editor for Michigan Law Review and was named best oralist in the Jessup International Law Moot Court regional competition. Matt also earned an M.A. in European Intellectual History from University of Wisconsin and an A.B. in history from Dartmouth College.

Education & Admissions

University of Michigan Law School (J.D., 2001), cum laude; Executive Article Editor, Michigan Law Review 

University of Wisconsin (M.A., German Intellectual History, 1996)

Dartmouth College (B.A. History, 1992), magna cum laude

Admissions

  • Minnesota
  • Montana
  • Arizona
  • U.S. Supreme Court    
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth, Eighth and Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas

Clerkships

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, Honorable Diana E. Murphy, 2001-2002

Experience

Representative Litigation

Antitrust Cases 
  • Lead counsel for national bank in suit alleging price-fixing conspiracy related to credit card security chips; client dismissed on Rule 12 motion. B & R Supermarket, Inc. v. Visa, Inc., 2016 WL 5725100 (N.D. Cal. Sep. 30, 2016) 
  • Lead counsel for corrective lens manufacturer alleging monopolization claims; case settled shortly before trial. Insight Equity A.P. X, LP d/b/a Vision-Ease Lens Worldwide v. Transitions Optical, Inc., 2016 WL 3610155 (D. Del. Jul. 1, 2016) (prevailing on summary judgment motion); 2017 WL 1900738 (D. Del. May 9, 2017) (prevailing on Daubert motion)
  • Represented national freight broker in non-compete litigation that settled during trial; obtained pre-trial dismissal of monopolization counterclaims. C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc. v. XPO Logistics, Inc. (Hennepin County, MN)  
  • Defended emergency medical services provider against monopolization allegations; client dismissed on Rule 12 motion on immunity grounds. AmeriCare MedServices, Inc. v. City of Anaheim, No. 8:16-cv-1703 (C.D. Cal.)
  • Defending patent holder against claims of Walker Process fraud. Cave Consulting Group, Inc. v. OptumInsight, Inc. (N.D. Cal.)
  • Defended investment bank against bid-rigging allegations. In re: Municipal Derivatives Antitrust Litig. (S.D.N.Y.)   
  • Defended arbitration service provider against allegations of conspiracy to implement mandatory arbitration and class action waiver clauses in credit card contracts. In re: National Arbitration Forum Litig. (D. Minn.)  
  • Represented manufacturer of insulin syringes asserting antitrust claims. UltiMed, Inc. v. Becton, Dickinson and Company (D. Minn.)

Consumer Fraud / First Amendment

  • Defended publisher against consumer fraud claims based on alleged falsehoods in Lance Armstrong’s best-selling autobiography It’s Not About the Bike: My Journey Back to Life; client dismissed on Anti-SLAPP motion. Stutzman v. Armstrong, No. 2:13-CV-00116, 2013 WL 4853333 (E.D. Cal. Sep. 10, 2013)
  • Defended publisher against consumer fraud claims based on alleged falsehoods in Greg Mortenson’s best-selling autobiographies Three Cups of Tea and Stones into Schools; client dismissed on Rule 12 motion. Pfau v. Mortenson, 858 F.Supp.2d 1150 (D. Mont. Apr. 30, 2012), aff’d 542 Fed. Appx. 557 (9th Cir. Oct. 9, 2013)

International

  • Represented Republic of Ghana in litigation matters in the U.S. and in international arbitration

Class Actions

  • Town of Davie Police Officer Retirement System v. RightNow Technologies, Inc. (18th Mont. Jud. Dist.) Defended high-tech company in shareholder litigation related to cash-out merger
  • Morrison v. MoneyGram Int’l, Inc. (D. Minn.) Defended Company, officers, and directors against allegations that it was imprudent to maintain Company stock in 401(k) due to Company’s investment portfolio risk in mortgage-related securities
  • In re Touch America Holdings, Inc. ERISA Litig. (D. Mont.) Defended former officers against allegations that it was imprudent to maintain Company stock in an ESOP during a corporate restructuring and divestiture
  • In re ADC Telecommunications ERISA Litig. (D. Minn.) Defended public company against allegations that it was imprudent to maintain a Company stock fund in the Company's 401(k) plan during the telecommunications downturn  

News & Resources

Articles

Leegin's 10-Year Checkup: State RPM Rules Vs. Federal Rule
Supreme Court Decides Two First Amendment Cases
Barry Glazer, Matthew Ralph, Peter Tannion, "New European Commission Proposals To Permit Private Antitrust and Class Actions".
"Actavis" Case Analysis: Supreme Court Says Certain Patent Infringement Settlements Could Violate Antitrust Laws
F. Matthew Ralph Completes Term as MSBA Antitrust Section Chair
F. Matthew Ralph Named Co-Chair of Dorsey Antitrust Practice Group
"E-Discovery and Antitrust Litigation," "Antitrust Magazine"

News & Press Mentions

Super Lawyers Recognizes 36 Dorsey Lawyers in Minneapolis
Dorsey Partner Matt Ralph Remarks on Stripping Citizenship Ruling
Chambers USA 2017 Recognizes Dorsey Lawyers and Practices in Minnesota
Chambers USA 2017 Recognizes Dorsey Lawyers and Practices
Minnesota Transgender Surgery Ban Found Unconstitutional
Super Lawyers Recognizes 37 Dorsey Lawyers in Minneapolis
Super Lawyers Recognizes 39 Dorsey Lawyers in Minneapolis
Dorsey Team Led By Partner Juan Basombrio Prevails for Republic of Ghana before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit
Dorsey Congratulates Partner Matthew Ralph on Being Named One of Minnesota Lawyer’s Attorneys of the Year
Lakeville man's asylum case has national implications: Dorsey Partner Matthew Ralph’s 8th Circuit Win

Industries & Practices

Securities & Financial Services Litigation & Enforcement
  • Antitrust & Competition Law
  • Appellate
  • Banking
  • Class Action Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Electronic Discovery
  • ERISA Litigation
  • Health Care
  • Health Litigation
  • Indian & Alaska Native
  • Securities & Financial Services Litigation & Enforcement

Professional & Civic

Professional Achievements

  • Adjunct Professor, Antitrust, University of Minnesota, 2013-present, University of St. Thomas Law School, 2009-present
  • American Bar Association (Antitrust Section) 
  • Federal Bar Association 
  • Minnesota State Bar Association (Antitrust Section, Council Member 2009-present; Secretary-Treasurer 2010-11; Vice-Chair 2011-12; Chair 2012-13)
  • Hennepin County Bar Foundation Board of Directors, 2016-present

Accolades

Ranked in USA Chambers 2017 Leading Individual   F. Matthew Ralph - Minnesota Lawyer Attorneys of the Year 2013

  • Named one of “America’s Leading Business Lawyers” by Chambers USA (Antitrust), 2017
  • Partner of the Year, Dorsey & Whitney LLP, 2016
  • 2016 Dorsey & Whitney Scales of Justice Award for representing transgender man and transgender advocacy organization in a case that struck down a Minnesota statute barring Medicaid reimbursement for sex reassignment surgery, OutFront Minnesota v. Piper, No. 62-CV-15-7501 (Minn. 2d Jud. Dist. – Ramsey County)
  • Listed as a Minnesota Super Lawyer (Antitrust), 2015-2017
  • Attorney of the Year, Minnesota Lawyer, 2013
  • 2012, 2013 and 2016 MSBA North Star Lawyer
  • 2010 Dorsey & Whitney Scales of Justice Award for representing Kenyan asylum applicant resulting in Gathungu v. Holder, 725 F.3d 900 (8th Cir. 2013)
  • 2008 Advocates for Human Rights Volunteer Award for briefing and arguing the appeal in Hassan v. Gonzales, 484 F.3d 513 (8th Cir. 2007)
F. Matthew Ralph