Heather Rankie
Senior Associate
San Francisco
44 Montgomery Street
Suite 3400
San Francisco CA 94104
TEL: (415) 633-1917
FAX: (415) 693-0770
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Heather T. Rankie

Heather’s practice is devoted to complex civil litigation, with a focus on antitrust and unfair competition. She has represented consumers or businesses in actions involving price fixing, price discrimination, and product tying. Through this, Heather has gained experience in all phases of pre-trial litigation including: pre-complaint investigation, pleading, factual discovery (including electronic discovery), motion practice, settlement, and appellate advocacy. She brings a steadfast commitment to achieving the best result for each client and attention to the details vital to successful resolutions. 

Heather has litigated high-stakes matters in a variety of industries, including: electronics, financial services, agribusiness, retail and wholesale consumer goods, and air transportation. For example, she recently represented a class of plaintiffs who achieved settlements with ten defendants totaling $1.082 billion—the largest all-cash consumer recovery for an antitrust case—in In re TFT-LCD (Flat Panel) Antitrust Litigation (Northern District of California). Zelle served as co-lead counsel, and Heather had an active role in her firm’s leadership of the case, as well as substantive responsibility for research, strategy, and briefing of complex legal issues. 

Prior to joining Zelle, Heather attended the University of Washington School of Law where she served as the Editor-in-Chief for the Shidler Journal of Law, Commerce & Technology. She also served as a judicial extern to the Honorable John C. Coughenour, former Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington.

Representative Matters

TFT-LCD (Flat Panel) Antitrust Litigation (U.S. District Court, Northern District of California) — multidistrict litigation on behalf of nationwide class of indirect purchasers involving claims of price fixing in the TFT-LCD panel market

Transpacific Air Passenger Antitrust Litigation (U.S. District Court, Northern District of California) — multidistrict litigation on behalf of a nationwide putative class involving claims of price fixing in the transpacific air passenger market

Credit/Debit Card Tying Cases (California Superior Court, San Francisco) — coordinated class action lawsuit on behalf of California consumers involving antitrust and unfair competition claims arising from the defendants' rules regarding acceptance of their credit and debit cards

Publications & Presentations

"Incentive Award Guidance From Recent Class Actions," Competition Law360, September 6, 2013, co-author

“Indirect-Purchaser Actions,” California Antitrust and Unfair Competition Law, 2012 edition, chapter co-author

"Why Class Counsel Should Obtain Discovery From Objectors," Competition Law360, November 6, 2012, co-author 

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