Renae D. Steiner
B.A., U. of Minnesota
J.D. with distinction, University of Nebraska College of Law
Admitted: Minnesota; U.S. District Court, Districts of Minnesota, Nebraska, Colorado, and Eastern District of Wisconsin;U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
Renae is an equity member of the firm. Renae has consistently been selected by her peers for inclusion as a “Super Lawyer” in Minnesota Law & Politics in the areas of antitrust litigation and class actions. Renae has also been recognized as a top antitrust litigator in The Legal 500 US (2011). Similarly, Benchmark Plaintiff: The Definitive Guide to America’s Leading Plaintiff Firms & Attorneys includes Renae in its listing of Litigation Stars. She is a member of the Federal, Minnesota, and Hennepin County Bar associations. Renae has a national practice in the field of complex litigation, primarily in the areas of antitrust actions (both direct purchaser and indirect purchaser cases), as well as in consumer fraud and securities actions. Over the course of her career, Renae has worked on novel issues of antitrust law, including some of the first post-Illinois Brick state law class actions, in establishing antitrust standing under Florida’s consumer protection statues, in establishing the co-conspirator theory of state court jurisdiction in Florida, and on issues related to CAFA (Class Action Fairness Act) and standing arguments for indirect purchasers of price-fixed goods. She has worked cooperatively with many state Attorneys General in their related litigation against antitrust defendants.
Likewise, in the Grand Casinos securities litigation, Renae was part of the lead counsel team at Heins Mills & Olson that was the first to address the new pleading standards for motions for summary judgment under the newly-enacted PSLRA’s scienter requirements.
Renae has actively participated in the representation of plaintiffs and plaintiff classes in the following cases: In re NCAA Student-Athlete Name & Likeness Licensing Litigation, No. 4:09-cv-1967 (N.D. Cal.) (challenging policies that prevent U.S. collegiate student-athletes from receiving a share of the revenue generated from use of their likeness); In re Aftermarket Filters Antitrust Litigation (N.D. Ill.) (antitrust, consumer protection and unfair competition claims against leading manufacturers of replacement vehicle filters on behalf of indirect purchasers); In re Prograf Antitrust Litig. (D. Mass.); In re Lipitor Antitrust Litig. (D.N.J.); In re DRAM Antitrust Litigation (multiple federal and state court actions); In re St. Paul Travelers Securities Litigation (D. Minn.) (securities fraud); In re: Ready-Mixed Concrete Antitrust Litigation (S.D. Ind.) (Indiana price-fixing case involving concrete); In re Vitamin C Antitrust Litigation (E.D.N.Y.) (price-fixing of Vitamin C); In re TFT-LCD (Flat Panel) Antitrust Litigation (N.D. Cal.) (price-fixing claims against producers of LCD panels); In re Flash Memory Products Antitrust Litigation (N.D. Cal.) (price-fixing claims against the producers of flash memory); In re SRAM Memory Products Antitrust Litigation (N.D. Cal.) (price-fixing claims against the producers of SRAM memory, a type of computer memory); In re Graphics Cards Antitrust Litigation (N.D. Cal.) (price-fixing claims against the producers of graphics cards); In re Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) Antitrust Litigation (N.D. Cal.) (price-fixing claims against the producers of CRT televisions); In re New Motor Vehicle Canadian Export Antitrust Litigation (D. Me.) (antitrust claims against vehicle manufacturers on behalf of consumers); In re Universal Service Fund (USF) Telephone Billing Practices Litigation (D. Kan.) (alleged consumer fraud in the assessment of USF fees); Fiber Optic Cable Litigation (multiple state and federal court actions related to the installation of fiber optic cable); In re MSG Antitrust Litigation (D. Minn.) (price-fixing claims relating to the food additive MSG); Infant Formula Antitrust Litigation (price-fixing claims as to infant formula; multiple state court actions; Wisconsin trial team); In re Thermal Facsimile Paper Antitrust Litigation (multiple state court actions); In re Digi International, Inc. Sec. Litigation (D. Minn.) (securities fraud); In re Grand Casinos, Inc. Sec. Litigation (D. Minn.) (securities fraud); In re Molybdenum Antitrust Litigation (W.D. Pa.) (alleged price fixing of the element molybdenum); In re Commercial Explosives Antitrust Litigation (D. Utah) (price-fixing of mining explosives); Carey v. Select Comfort Corp. (4th Jud. Dist., Minnesota) (consumer fraud in the sale of Select Comfort beds); Schaffer v. Hewlett-Packard Co. (E.D. Mich.) (consumer fraud in the sale of HP computers); Ellerbake v. Campbell Hausfeld (20th Jud. Ct. Ill.) (consumer fraud in the sale of air compressors); Wiginton v. CB Richard Ellis (N.D. Ill.) (gender discrimination); Johnson v. Best Buy (Hennepin Co. Ct.) (consumer fraud in the sale of extended warranties); and Glenz v. Sharp Electronics Corp. (D.N.J.) (consumer fraud and breach of warranty in the sale of DLP Projector lamps).
Renae also has been involved in other, non-class complex cases involving unfair competition claims, including Medical Graphics v. SensorMedics Corp. (D. Minn.) and Birchwood Laboratories v. Citmed Corp. (D. Minn.).