Fine, Kaplan and Black, R.P.C.

Paul Costa

Paul Costa, a member, has represented plaintiffs and defendants in complex matters in federal and state courts and in arbitration. His practice focuses on antitrust and consumer class actions. Mr. Costa has been named a "Pennsylvania Super Lawyer" by Philadelphia Magazine and for several years running was named a "Pennsylvania Rising Star" in an annual listing of the top young lawyers in Pennsylvania.

Mr. Costa has extensive experience in every stage of complex litigation. Like many of the firm's attorneys, he has authored numerous prevailing briefs addressing motions to dismiss, class certification, summary judgment, motions in limine, Daubert, and a host of other issues. He was a member of the trial team in the Urethanes Antitrust Litigation, in which the firm as Co-Lead Counsel secured the largest price-fixing jury verdict in the history of the federal antitrust laws ($1.1 billion on behalf of Plaintiffs after trebling).

Mr. Costa is active in the American Bar Association's Section of Antitrust Law. Along with Fine Kaplan's Roberta Liebenberg, he is coordinating revisions to the ABA's Model Jury Instructions in Civil Antitrust Cases, last published in 2005. Mr. Costa also serves as an Editor of the Antitrust Source, a bi-monthly online journal for antitrust and consumer protection matters.

Mr. Costa's pro bono activities have included representing low-income seniors in need of estate planning documents, as well as representing a coalition of religious organizations and faith leaders, as amici curiae, supporting the City of Philadelphia's refusal to subsidize religious and sexual-orientation discrimination by a private group that occupied City-owned property.

Mr. Costa received his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania, where he graduated cum laude. He received his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center, where he graduated magna cum laude and was elected to the Order of the Coif. Following law school, he worked as an associate in the Washington, D.C. offices of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, L.L.P. Prior to joining Fine, Kaplan and Black, R.P.C. in October 2004, he served as a law clerk to the Honorable Cynthia M. Rufe of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Practice Areas

  • Antitrust
  • Class Actions
  • Complex Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania, 2001
  • New Jersey, 2001
  • U.S. District Court District of New Jersey, 2001
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 2004

Education

  • Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, DC, 2001, J.D.
    Honors: magna cum laude
    Honors: Order of the Coif
    Law Journal: Georgetown International Environmental Law Review, 1999 - 2001
  • University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, United States, 1999, B.A.
    Honors: cum laude

Published Works

  • The Practical Side of Preparing for a Civil Antitrust Trial, ANTITRUST TRIAL PRACTICE (Winter 2014)
  • Unbuilding a Bridge to the Twenty-First Century: The Coast Guard, Common Sense, The Law, and Sustainable Development, 31 Envtl. Law 95 (Winter 2001)

Representative Cases

  • In re Urethane Antitrust Litig., 2013 WL 2097346 (D.Kan. May 15, 2013), amended, 2013 WL 3879264 (D. Kan. July 26, 2013)(denying defendant's post-trial motions attacking judgment of $1.06 billion in favor of the plaintiff class).
  • In re Urethane Antitrust Litig., 2012 WL 6610878 (D. Kan. Dec. 18, 2012)
  • In re Metoprolol Succinate Antitrust Litig.., 2010 WL 1485328 (D. Del. April 13, 2010)
  • Alberton v. Commonwealth Land Title Ins. Co., 2010 WL 1049581 (E.D. Pa. Mar. 17, 2010)
  • Terrapin Express, Inc. v. Airborne Express, Inc., No. 11-199-01536-05 (AAA 2007) ($24.75 million settlement)
  • In re Polyester Staple Antitrust Litig., 2007 WL 2111380 (W.D.N.C. 2007)
  • Consolidated Risk Services, Inc. v. Automobile Dealers WC Self Insurance Trust, 2006 WL 1737471 (E.D. Pa. 2006)
  • In re Remeron End-Payor Antitrust Litigation, 2005 WL 2230314 (D.N.J. Sept. 13, 2005)

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Philadelphia Bar Association, 2002 - Present, Member

Past Employment Positions

  • Hon. Cynthia M. Rufe, United States District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Law Clerk, 2002 - 2004
  • Akin, Gump. Strauss, Haver & Feld, LLP, Associate, 2001 - 2002
  • Georgetown University Law Center, Legal Writing Fellow, 1999 - 2000

Fraternities/Sororities

  • Phi Gamma Delta

Pro Bono Activities

  • Senior Law Center
  • Cradle of Liberty Council, Inc. v. City of Philadelphia, C. v. A. No. 08-2429 (E.D. Pa.), No. 12-2095, 12-2096 (3d Cir.)