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Can Trademark Abuse Constitute Monopolization?

As far as antitrust law is concerned, trademarks are the unwanted stepchildren of intellectual property. The conventional wisdom is that trademarks – whose exclusionary effect is very attenuated, if it exists at all – do not…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Intellectual Property

Can Computers Conspire to Fix Prices?

Strange as it sounds, maybe we’re getting closer to the day we have to seriously consider liability for computer conspiracies. On April 6, David Topkins, a former executive of an e-commerce seller of posters, prints and…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Commercial Law & Contracts, Science, Computers, & Technology

SCOTUS Holds Natural Gas Act Does Not Preempt State Law Antitrust Claims

In Oneok, Inc. v. Learjet, Inc., Case No. 13-271 (Apr. 21, 2015), the U.S. Supreme Court held that the Natural Gas Act did not preempt retail customers’ state law antitrust claims against interstate gas pipeline operators for…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Conflict of Laws, Energy & Utilities

Sixth Circuit Applies Cost Screen to Tying by Differential Pricing

In Collins Inkjet Corp. v. Eastman Kodak Co., No. 14-3306 (6th Cir. March 16, 2015), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit held that differential pricing – charging more for one product when the customer does not also…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Commercial Law & Contracts

Return of Robinson-Patman Act and Resale Price Maintenance Litigation?

A quick note on a few recent developments suggesting that RP and RPM litigation is not yet dead. First, on February 2, 2015, a court refused to dismiss claims against Clorox arising from its refusal to sell a small regional…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Commercial Law & Contracts

San Jose Strikes Out in Baseball Antitrust Challenge

In City of San Jose v. Office of the Commissioner of Baseball, Case No. 14-15139 (9th Cir. Jan 15, 2015), the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit applied the judge-made antitrust exemption for baseball to bar a…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Constitutional Law

Can the State Seek Restitution After a Class Action Settlement?

In The People of the State of California v. IntelliGender, LLC, 771 F.3d 1169 (9th Cir. Nov. 7, 2014) (Wardlaw, J.), the Ninth Circuit said the answer is “no.” A federal court had approved a class action settlement involving…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Communications & Media Law, Consumer Protection

Motorola’s FTAIA Quest Ends With a Whimper in the Seventh Circuit

On November 26, 2014, the Seventh Circuit (Posner, J.) issued its order upon rehearing of Motorola Mobility LLC v. AU Optronics Corp. (Case No. 14-8003). Motorola still effectively lost the appeal, but the Court’s more…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, International Law & Trade

Three Billy Goats Gruff

(You know . . . the fairy tale about trolls.) This summer, PwC published its 2014 Patent Litigation Study. The tagline of the study is “[a]s case volume leaps, damages continue general decline.”…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Commercial Law & Contracts, Intellectual Property

Could Amazon Possibly Be a Monopolist? (Updated) (Again)

Franklin Foer, at the New Republic, argues that the answer is yes. The alleged “crime”: predatory pricing — if not express, than at least in spirit…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Commercial Law & Contracts, Criminal Law

Can you ever successfully Daubert an antitrust economist?

It’s really a very difficult thing to do — and query whether it’s worth the effort. See, e.g., The Apple iPod iTunes Antitrust Litigation, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 136437 (N.D. Cal. Sept. 26, 2014) (Gonzalez Rogers, J.) (denying…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Science, Computers, & Technology

Ninth Circuit Holds State Action Immunity Doctrine Bars Claims Against Convention Center

In United National Maintenance, Inc. v. San Diego Convention Center, Inc., No. 12-56809 (9th Cir. May 14, 2014), the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held that the San Diego Convention center enjoyed…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts

N.D. Cal. Just Opened the Damages Umbrella

In County of San Mateo v. CSL, Limited, Case No. 3:10-cv-05686-JSC (N.D. Cal. Aug. 20, 2014) (Corley, M.J.), the Northern District of California held that California’s antitrust law, the Cartwright Act, allows the recovery of…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Commercial Law & Contracts

The Senate is Considering Minimum Resale Pricing for Contact Lenses

NPR has the story. Under federal law, of course, RPM is subject to the Rule of Reason. Apparently the Senate is interested because a large portion of the contact lens market is subject to the restrictions…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Commercial Law & Contracts

Northern District of California Addresses Functional Discounts, Price Discrimination Claims

In Mathew Enterprise, Inc. v. Chrysler Group, LLC, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 95522 (N.D. Cal. July 11, 2014) (Freeman, J.), the court dismissed certain Robinson-Patman Act price discrimination claims and allowed others to proceed,…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts
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