Lauren A. Champaign

Associate

Overview

Lauren A. Champaign is an associate and litigation lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP where her practice includes commercial litigation and counseling clients in the areas of securities litigation, product liability defense, antitrust, and consumer finance matters. She is a member of the Business Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Securities Enforcement & Litigation, Antitrust, Distribution & Franchise, Government Enforcement Defense & Investigations, and Consumer Financial Services Practices.

Ms. Champaign represents clients on a broad range of matters, including:

  • Representing and counseling clients in various manufacturing industries, such as automotive, alcohol, and pool product industries, with products liability claims, antitrust litigation, commercial contractual disputes, and contract enforcement;
  • Successfully representing clients in all phases of litigation, ranging from pre-litigation demands, litigation of commercial claims and defenses, and negotiation of favorable settlements for clients;
  • Conducting internal investigations into violations of the federal securities laws;
  • Representing and counseling clients in enforcement actions before state and federal regulatory agencies;
  • Representing clients in complex, multistate litigation, including large class actions based on allegations of anticompetitive conduct;
  • Managing and counseling clients in regards to electronic discovery and forensically sound document production.

Before beginning her career at Foley, Ms. Champaign was an extern with the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division – Criminal Section and Employment Litigation Section. She also worked with other legal aid organizations, including the D.C. Legal Aid Society, Housing Division.

In terms of political engagement, in 2012, Ms. Champaign served as the deputy GOTV director for President Obama’s re-elect campaign in Philadelphia, PA. In this capacity, she worked in the state headquarters, managing five regional GOTV directors and collaborating with the deputy field director, state field director and state GOTV director to implement the GOTV program. Her efforts contributed to a sizable victory and larger turnout than 2008.

During the 2008 election cycle, Ms. Champaign served as a regional field director and field organizer for Obama for America, where her efforts were featured in the Washington Post and on PBS NOW regarding her organizing in the key primary state of South Carolina. She would also work with a special committee in the Chicago headquarters. By the end of her work, she trained thousands of volunteers during four state primaries.

Education

Ms. Champaign earned her law degree from Georgetown University Law (J.D., 2011) where she was student notes editor for the Georgetown Journal of Gender and the Law. She graduated, summa cum laude, from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor of Arts degree, double majoring in political science and history (2007).

Admissions

Ms. Champaign is admitted to practice law in the Commonwealth of Virginia and the District of Columbia. She is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

Publications

  • “Three Privileges That Can Help You In US Product Liability Litigation,” Business Law Journal (Japan), co-author (2015)
  • "Supreme Court Hears Arguments in State Action Immunity Case," ABA Health Care and Pharmaceuticals Committee – Recent Developments (December 2012)
  • Consumer Financial Services Litigation Blog -- contributor to the CFSL Bulletin (CFSLBulletin.com), a blog devoted to legal developments in consumer financial services litigation

Representative Matters

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Served as lead counsel for one of three so-called “Manufacturer Defendants”—Pentair Water Pool and Spa, Inc. (“Pentair”)—in class action antitrust litigation pending in federal court in New Orleans. The class action grew out of the FTC’s investigation of distribution practices in the pool products industry. The FTC investigation resulted in a complaint and consent decree against the largest distributor of pool products: Pool Corporation and two of its affiliates, SCP Distributors LLC, and Superior Pool Products LLC (collectively “PoolCorp”). Beginning in December 2011, several class actions were filed against PoolCorp in the Eastern District of Louisiana and elsewhere. Following the consolidation of various cases in MDL litigation in New Orleans, the plaintiffs joined as defendants in June 2012 the three largest U.S. manufacturers of pool products, the Manufacturer Defendants. In addition to executing an aggressive discovery strategy, we also briefed and argued two motions to dismiss, both of which were granted in significant part. With respect to the remaining claims, they were the subject of recently filed summary judgment motions.
Foley is leading the defense to a franchisee lawsuit concerning whether franchisees are entitled to so-called “brand extensions.” The petitioners are Virginia distributors of Coors products that want distribution rights to a new product called Batch 19® that, instead, has been assigned to Miller wholesalers in their territories. Petitioners, who are represented by counsel for the Virginia Beer Wholesalers Association, have claimed violations of the Virginia Beer Franchise Act. Following an evidentiary hearing on May 1, 2013, and post-hearing briefing on November 14, 2013, the hearing examiner ruled in favor of MillerCoors. On appeal to the Board of Alcoholic Beverage Control of the Commonwealth of Virginia, the decision of the hearing examiner was—following oral argument on April 22, 2014—affirmed on May 9, 2014. The petitioners have since appealed to the Circuit Court of Henry County, Virginia, where the case is now pending.

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