Monica A. Svetoslavov

Senior Associate

Washington, D.C. Office

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Monica Svetoslavov is a Senior Associate in Orrick’s Washington, D.C., office and is a member of the Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution group.

Monica focuses on complex commercial litigation, including contract disputes, antitrust matters, cybersecurity class actions, and false claims act issues. She represents both plaintiffs and defendants in state and federal court. She has experience in all stages of litigation, including pre-suit research and investigations, pleadings, discovery, expert and fact witness depositions, dispositive motions, Daubert motions, and pre-trial filings. 

Monica also has experience in government enforcement matters, including investigations by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), state AGs, and local district attorneys. She is also active in pro bono matters. Monica has defended tenants in D.C. Superior Court and currently represents a veteran before the VA in a claim for service-related disability benefits. 

Posts by: Monica A. Svetoslavov

The Convoluted Language of the FTAIA Again Supports Dismissal of Antitrust Claims Having Extraterritorial Focus

The famously “convoluted”[1] language of the Foreign Trade Antitrust Improvements Act (“FTAIA”), 15 U.S.C. § 6a, is typically smoothed out and restated before application by courts.[2]  The actual statutory language must be honored, however, and occasionally fidelity to that language has led to the dismissal of claims on grounds that they seek an impermissibly extraterritorial application of the antitrust laws.  A few illuminating examples appear in the recent Southern District of New York decision in Biocad, JSC v. F. Hoffmna-La Roche, Ltd.[3]