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William Jay Hunter Jr.

Of Counsel, Louisville

Bill is Of Counsel in Stoll Keenon Ogden's Louisville office and has been with the firm since 2003. He is a member of the Business Litigation practice where he serves as chair of the Antitrust, Trade Regulation & Franchise practice. Bill is also a member of the Class Action, Criminal Law and Healthcare practices. His litigation practice focuses on antitrust, financial services, insurance regulation and complex commercial matters.

Bill has had many legal successes throughout his career which has led him to be recognized by Best Lawyers in America in the area of Antitrust Law. He has successfully defended civil and criminal antitrust claims in federal court and before the FTC for companies in industries including: petroleum, paper, cement, chemicals, thoroughbred racing, tobacco and others. He was one of the negotiators of the Master Settlement Agreement resolving antitrust based litigation against the tobacco industry.

Bill is a member of the Louisville, Kentucky, American and Federal Bar associations. Married with three children, he enjoys cycling, skiing and hiking and is a member of the Louisville Bicycle Club.

Education
George Washington University
1974, J.D., Honors
Northwestern University
1965, B.A.
Admissions
District of Columbia
Kentucky
Kentucky Court of Appeals
Kentucky Supreme Court
Pro Hac Vice: In recent years, Mr. Hunter has litigated cases in New York, North Carolina, Vermont, California and Indiana
U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
U.S. District Court, District of Columbia Circuit
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky
U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
U.S. District Court, Western District of Kentucky

Recognition

  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America®, Antitrust Law, Antitrust Litigation
  • Louisville Magazine Top Lawyer, Antitrust Law, 2012-2014
  • Kentucky Super Lawyer, Antitrust Litigation

Affiliations

  • Louisville Bar Association
  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Louisville Bicycle Club
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Work Highlights

Terminated Shareholder Sued for Breach of Fiduciary Duty & Employment Agreements

A terminated shareholder/corporate officer was sued on a number of grounds, including breach of fiduciary duty and breach of an employment agreement. SKO represented the defendant corporation and its founding shareholder. SKO obtained a jury verdict substantially in favor of the defendant. 

Franchise Dispute, Lanham Act Violations & Personal Guarantees

This complex franchise dispute included claims that certain franchisees were in violation of their franchise agreements based on the management structure of the franchisees. The franchisor sought to terminate the franchises and recover monetary damages from the franchisees and personal guarantors. SKO successfully argued against the lawsuit taking place in the franchisor's home state. All claims, including claims against both the franchisee and the personal guarantors, were transferred to the home state of the franchisee and guarantors.

Automobile Franchise Litigation, Breach of Franchise Agreement, Bad Faith, Fraud & Deceptive Practices

SKO successfully represented an automobile manufacturer against claims of breach of franchise agreement, bad faith, breach of contract, fraud, and deceptive practices brought by a former franchised dealer. The claims involved complex issues relating to the manufacturer’s allocation and distribution policies of new automobiles to franchised dealers, as well as claims involving oral promises of a new dealership. After achieving summary judgment in the client's favor, resolving all claims except the breach of franchise agreement claim, the jury found on our client's favor after trial.

Class Action, Telecommunications and Consumer Protection

SKO acted as counsel for a 175,000-member plaintiff class in U.S. District Court to challenge sales tax collection on broadband Internet access services provided by incumbent local exchange carrier. The Court approved settlement agreement in August 2007 that provided class members full refunds of overpayments plus interest, totaling $8.2 million. Clark v. BellSouth Telecommunications, Inc., 461 F.Supp.2d 541 (W.D. Ky. 2006).
News Publications Seminars
"What Every In-House Lawyer Needs to Know about Antitrust and Competition Law," co-presenter, Presented at the KBA In-house Lawyers Section Apr. 19, 2012
National Cooperative Research Act of 1984, 15 U.S.C. 431 et. Seq., as amended (to permit motive filing limited immunity drafted at request of Senate Judiciary Committee staff)  
S. 995 (Antitrust contribution and claims reduction legislation described in Up Another Notch, McGraw-Hill 1989 at 172-6.)  
Hearings, U.S. House of Representatives, Commission on the Judiciary Subcommittee on Monopolies and Commercial Law re: Department of Justice Oversight, Statement of William Jay Hunter by Antitrust Enforcement Feb. 26, 1986
Drafted the 1993 Missouri statute that codified insulation of separate account assets.  
Hearings, U.S. House of Representatives, Subcommittee on Monopolies and Commercial Law re: The Antitrust Liability of Local Governments, Statement of William Jay Hunter Mar. 29, 1984