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Nicole Williams

Partner

Dallas
972 629 7113 direct
972 629 7171 fax

Nicole is a highly experienced trial lawyer who represents clients in matters involving antitrust, advertising, fraud investigations and litigation, RICO and class actions. She is the managing partner of Thompson Coburn's Dallas office.

Nicole provides legal opinions and advice to a wide range of companies regarding the antitrust implications of product distribution agreements, joint ventures, other contractual arrangements, membership requirements for organizations and mergers and acquisitions. She has provided legal opinions and advice to food, beverage and consumer product companies regarding existing or proposed advertising materials, including product packaging and labeling and distribution materials. She also analyzes social media and website content as part of due diligence in transactions. Nicole has helped clients navigate First Amendment, Texas Citizens Participation Act (anti-SLAPP) and Defamation Mitigation Act issues related to advertising, social media, business and consumer disputes and news publications.

Nicole has represented clients in investigative proceedings by the Federal Trade Commission, Department of Justice, Texas Attorney General and National Advertising Division of the Better Business Bureau.

She has held leadership positions in the antitrust sections of the nearly every national and regional bar association, including the ABA, the Federal Bar Association, the Dallas Bar Association and the State Bar of Texas.

Advertising and Social Media

Represented a carbon steel flange manufacturer in defense of Lanham Act and common law false advertising and unfair competition claims brought by a competitor, prevailing on summary judgment and asserting counterclaims for Lanham Act and common law false designation of origin, false advertising and unfair competition.

Represented individuals in defense of advertising and intellectual property claims related to sale of turban and other head covering products, resulting in favorable settlement.

Represented major online review company in suit related to review platform, resulting in a dismissal of the case.

Advised numerous food, beverage and consumer product companies regarding product labels; print, online and social media advertising campaigns; and distribution strategies.

Represented a major airline in a putative class action relating to airline's cancellation policy, resulting in a dismissal of the case.

Represented a major airline in a putative class action relating to airline's reward program, resulting in a dismissal of the case.

Represented an individual Yelp! reviewer in a case brought by a business asserting breach of contract and defamation claims, resulting in dismissal under the Texas Citizens' Participation Act (anti-SLAPP statute).

Represented multiple pet food manufacturers in threatened putative consumer class actions challenging labeling and advertisements.

Represented a major airline in a putative class action relating to service, resulting in voluntary dismissal following a motion to dismiss.

Represented food product manufacturer in multiple alleged nationwide and statewide class actions related to false and misleading advertising for various products.

Represented consumer product manufacturer in agency proceeding regarding allegations of false and misleading advertising.

Represented international restaurant chain in threatened putative statewide consumer class action challenging representations on restaurant menu.

Represented retail food provider in Lanham Act and Alabama Deceptive Trade Practices Act case, resulting in dismissal of first complaint and summary judgment granted in favor of client.

Represented retail food provider in threatened putative nationwide consumer class action challenging food product labels; motion to dismiss granted in related Lanham Act case.

Antitrust

Representing putative class of independent retailers of higher education course materials in antitrust suit against publishers and other retailers.

Advised numerous companies regarding antitrust aspects of proposed joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions.

Represented numerous companies in responding to subpoenas and CIDs from government agencies related to antitrust investigations.

Represented a manufacturer in an adjudicatory proceeding before the Federal Trade Commission involving price-fixing allegations.

Advised numerous companies regarding potential antitrust actions and implications of competitors' behavior.

Advised numerous companies regarding antitrust policy and compliance matters.

Represented a manufacturer in direct and indirect purchaser putative class actions regarding an alleged conspiracy to fix prices.

Represented offshore drilling company in putative class action alleging antitrust and RICO violations, resulting in summary judgment in favor of client.

Represented a group of physicians in an adjudicatory proceeding before the Federal Trade Commission involving price-fixing allegations.

Commercial Litigation

Representing reorganized company in fraud suit against former principals seeking recovery of over $90 million.

Representing owners of retail chain as plaintiffs in litigation against business partners for breaches of fiduciary duties and other wrongful actions.

Represented creditors' trust in litigation against putative defendant class of shareholders receiving over $10 million in dividends.

Represented bankruptcy chapter 11 Trustee in class action adversary proceedings related to ownership of alleged estate assets and rescission claims against the estate, securing approval of class action settlement required to resolve over $2 billion bankruptcy.

Represented a medical marijuana distributor in defending claims of fraud and securities violations and RICO claims, resulting in a dismissal of the case.

Represented litigation trustee in fraud suit against principal of investment scheme, resulting in a favorable judgment of over $40 million.

Represented a student in a First Amendment challenge to educational institution policies, resulting in a favorable dismissal.

Represented a company in defending defamation claims involving the First Amendment and the Texas Citizens' Participation Act (anti-SLAPP).

Represented food product manufacturer in alleged class action regarding treatment of independent distributors, resulting in dismissal of case.

Represented food product manufacturer in arbitration proceeding regarding status of independent distributors and other labor claims, resulting in complete victory for client.

Represented food product manufacturer in action by an independent distributor for various Arkansas state law claims, resulting in Arkansas Supreme Court opinion that arbitration agreement required dismissal of case.

Represented real estate developer as the plaintiff in arbitration proceeding regarding a contractual dispute, resulting in a complete victory for client, including award of attorneys' fees.

Represented title insurance company and insureds to resolve issues relating to missing and incorrect documentation in more than 500 residential property closings across the country.

Represented banking institution in defending claims of breach of contract and fraud, resulting in take-nothing judgment in favor of the client.

Represented both plaintiffs and defendants in wrongful foreclosure actions of both commercial and residential property.

Represented both plaintiffs and defendants in actions relating to non-competition and confidentiality agreements, including obtaining temporary restraining orders.

TCLEs

Better Together? Competition, Price Gouging and Other Antitrust Issues Raised by the COVID-19 Pandemic

Blogs

Blog Browse: Federal agencies announce expedited antitrust procedures for COVID-19 public health efforts

Thompson Coburn Publications

Federal agencies announce expedited antitrust procedures for COVID-19 public health efforts

Publications

“Recent Texas Citizens Participation Act Amendments,"
UNT Dallas Law Review, Fall 2019

"SCOTX Erects New Hurdle for Litigating Anonymous Defamation,"
Texas Lawbook, February 07, 2019

ABA Antitrust Class Action Handbook, Chapter Contributor,
2018

“Just How Broad is the Texas Anti-SLAPP Statute?”
Dallas Bar Association Headnotes, November 2017

ABA Model Jury Instructions in Civil Antitrust Cases,
Revision Committee, 2016

"Managing Risk in 140 Characters or Less: #BrandsOnTwitter,"
Association of Corporate Counsel, November 2015

ABA Joint Venture Antitrust Handbook, Chapter Contributor,
2014

Inside the Minds: Recent Developments in Advertising Law
Chapter Contributor, 2013

ABA Handbook of Market Definition, Chapter Contributor,
2012

"Liberty Mutual Moves to Dismiss Spitzer Lawsuit Challenging Contingent Commission and Bid-Rigging"
The Insurance Policy, Fall 2006

Insurance Antitrust Handbook, Chapter Contributor,
2006

"The FTC Rules of Practice for Adjudicative Proceedings: A Comparison to the Federal Rules"
ABA Antitrust Spring Meeting, March 2005

Presentations

"Consumer Protection Update,"
ABA Antitrust Law Section, June 18, 2019

“Consumer Protection Litigation: U.S. Trends and Developments,”
ABA Antitrust Law Spring Meeting, March 28, 2019

"Defamation and Business Disparagement – Old Torts with a New Twist in the Age of Social Media,"
Association of Corporate Counsel, August 8, 2018

"Mock Trial - Motion to Dismiss Hacking Suit,"
ABA Antitrust Law Spring Meeting, Spring 2018

“Consumer Legal Disputes: A View from a Consumer Advocate,”
September 13, 2017

Trial-Focused Discovery: You Don’t Always Get What You Want, But Get What You Need,"
ABA Section of Litigation Spring Meeting, Spring 2017

“The Impact of Campbell-Ewald, Tyson Foods, and Spokeo on Class Actions,"
Federal Bar Association, July 2016

“What’s on your Mind? #SocialMedia from a Company’s Perspective,”
February 25, 2016

“CFPB Regulations and Activities: 2015 Developments and 2016 Predictions,”
February 17, 2016

"Social Media at Work: #TrendingTopics"
Association of Corporate Counsel, September 29, 2015

"CFPB & UDAAP: Recent Developments & Hot Topics,"
Association of Corporate Counsel, June 23, 2015

“Social Media for Brand Owners: #TrendingTopics,”
Association of Corporate Counsel, June 03, 2015

"Protecting Brand Integrity: Product Theft, Diversion, and Counterfeiting and Product Reputation and Promotion,"
RIMS Conference, April 29, 2015

"The Arbitration Tool Box: Arbitrating Complex Cases,"
Federal Bar Association, March 24, 2015

"Hot Topics in Advertising and Branding: What In-House Attorneys and Marketing Professionals Need to Know about Compliance, Protection, and Enforcement"
March 6, 2015

"Hot Topics in Advertising and Branding: What In-House Attorneys and Marketing Professionals Need to Know about Compliance, Protection, and Enforcement,”
November 13, 2014

"Class Actions and Arbitration: Developments After Concepcion,"
November 13, 2014

"Getting Jury Instructions Right In Civil Antitrust Cases,"
ABA Antitrust Spring Meeting, March 26, 2014

"Antitrust Aspects of M&A Transactions,"
Corporate Counsel Insitute, Spring 2014

"FTC v. North Carolina Dental: Implications for State Regulation,"
ABA Antitrust Section, July 19, 2013

"Strategies and Tips on Multidistrict Practice and Litigation,"
State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting, June 20, 2013

"The Increasing Reach and Risk of Advertising Law,"
Flower Mound Bar Association, May 31, 2013

“Current Issues in E-Discovery,"
Dallas Bar Association Antitrust Section March 19, 2013

"Responding to Large Document Subpoenas: Best Practices and Technologies to Avoid Wasting Money and Time,"
February 6, 2013

"State Consumer Protection Laws: Enforcement and Litigation Trends in Texas,"
ABA Section of Antitrust, September 20, 2011

"The Increasing Reach and Risk of Advertising Litigation,"
May 2011

"ABA Antitrust Update for In-House Counsel,"
ABA Section of Antitrust, December 3, 2010