Robert J. LaRocca
Robert J. LaRocca is a director and shareholder in the firm.
Mr. LaRocca graduated from Rutgers (Newark) Law School in 1977, with High Honors, where he was the Research and Topics Editor, Rutgers Law Review. Mr. LaRocca is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Harvard College (1968), and a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
Mr. LaRocca clerked for the Honorable Edward R. Becker, United States District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania (August 1977-August 1978), after which he became an associate and then a shareholder and director of the firm. He has participated in cases in the Courts of Appeals for the Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Seventh, Eighth, Eleventh and Federal Circuits. He has an “av” rating from Martindale-Hubbell, and has been elected to the American Law Institute. He has served as a Lecturer in Law on the Adjunct Faculty of the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and has been listed in Philadelphia Magazine’s “Superlawyers – Antitrust” for Philadelphia and/or Pennsylvania each year since 2005.
Representative cases include, in alphabetical order: Advanced Fluid Sys., Inc. v. Huber, 295 F. Supp. 3d 467 (M.D. Pa. 2018) (theft of trade secrets involving rocket launch system); Authors Guild v. Google, 721 F.3d 132 (2d Cir. 2013) (Copyright Infringement); Barnes v. American Tobacco, 161 F.3d 127 (3d Cir. 1999) (claim for medical monitoring against tobacco companies); Big Apple BMW v. BMW, 974 F.2d 1358 (3d Cir. 1992); (group boycott antitrust case); Bloch v. SmithKline (E.D.Pa.) 1988 U.S. Dist. Lexis 12397 (E.D.Pa. 1988) and 1987 U.S. Dist. Lexis 2795 (E.D.Pa. 1987) (monopolization and patent abuse in market for prescription drug); Breard v. Sachnoff, 941 F.2d 142 (2d Cir. 1991) (securities fraud tax shelter); Creative Copier Services v. Xerox, 114 F.Supp.2d 1070 (D. Kan. 2000) and 2005 WL 2175138 (D. Conn. 2005) (antitrust, patent, copyright claims); ELSCO v. Motorola, (E.D. Pa.) 782 F.Supp. 1016 (E.D. Pa. 1991), 785 F.Supp. 17 (E.D. Pa. 1992) (Lanham Act trade disparagement case involving semiconductor industry); Golden Valley v. Weaver Popcorn, 837 F.Supp. 1444 (N.D. Ind.), aff’d, 11 F.3d 1072 (Fed. Cir. 1993) (patent fraud case in microwave popcorn industry); Gulfstream v. Gulfstream Aerospace, 995 F.2d 425 and 995 F.2d 414 (3d Cir. 1993) (trial of price fixing of aircraft); In re Linerboard Antitrust, 305 F.3d 145 (3d Cir. 2002) and 203 F.R.D. 199 (E.D.Pa. 2001) (national class output restriction case involving corrugated containers); In re Waste Haulers Antitrust, Civil 87-3717 (E.D. Pa.) (national price fixing class action case involving waste hauling industry); In re Chlorine and Caustic Soda Antitrust Litigation, Civil 86-5428 (E.D.Pa.)(national price fixing class action case involving manufacturers of chlorine); Mike’s Train House v. Lionel, 472 F.3d 398 (6th Cir. 2006) (theft of trade secrets in model train industry); Mitchell Partners v. Irex, 497 Fed. App. 259 (3d Cir. 2012) (deprivation of minority shareholder rights); Parkway v. City of Philadelphia, 980 F.2d 724 (3d Cir. 1992) and 590 A.2d 79 (Commonwealth Ct 1991) (abuse of city police power to obtain private property); Random House v. Rosetta Books, 283 F. 3d 490 (2nd Cir. 2002) (copyright of e-books); Roberts Filter v. CPC, 1993 U.S. Dist. Lexis 15119 (E.D. Pa.) (Lanham Act unfair trade practices, misrepresentation, commercial defamation, involving water purification systems); Schutte v. Maleski, et al., 1993 U.S. Dist. Lexis 8332 (E.D. Pa. 1993) and 1993 U.S. Dist. Lexis 6980 (E.D.Pa. 1993) (ERISA class action concerning State of Pennsylvania’s deprivation of pension rights); Stepnowski v. Hercules Inc, 2006 WL 1050285 (E.D. Pa. 2006) (ERISA); Sulfuric Acid Antitrust Litigation 703 F. 3d 1004 (7th Cir. 2012) (collusive conduct in sulfuric acid production); Tabas v. Tabas, 47 F.3d 1280 (3d Cir. 1995) (civil RICO); Taha v. County of Bucks 862 F.3d 292 (3d Cir. 2017) (violation by municipality of privacy law); TMJ Implant v. Dow Chemical, 113 F.3d 1484 (8th Cir. 1997) (product liability class action); Tubbs v. NATA, 531 Fed Appx. 262 (3d Cir. 2013) (overcharges on closing costs).
Mr. LaRocca is past chair of the Lawyers’ Advisory Committee for the Third Circuit. He serves on the board of directors of the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia.