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 antitrust and unfair competition litigation.  She has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in actions involving claims of price fixing, price discrimination, and product tying.  She is experienced in all phases of litigation, including: pre-complaint investigation, pleadings, factual discovery (including electronic discovery), pre-trial motion practice, settlement, and appellate advocacy.  Heather has litigated matters in federal and state court at both the trial and appellate levels.  

Most recently, she represented a class of plaintiffs that obtained 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 Hofmann 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 Hofmann, 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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