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So We Agree It’s Price-Fixing, But ...

Recently an experienced attorney with a class action plaintiffs firm responded to our article “Looks Like Price-Fixing Among Class Action Plaintiffs Firms,” in which we observed that a very common practice among plaintiffs...more

Statements at industry conferences can violate competition law

U.S. steelmakers have recently found themselves paying huge sums totalling over USD 160 million to steel purchasers in order to ward off even larger damages claims. These come in the wake of a vast class action lawsuit...more

Looks Like Price-Fixing Among Class Action Plaintiffs Firms

Recently, we took a new look at an old and fairly common practice among businesses that ostensibly compete with each other. And it did not look good. In fact, it looked a lot like price-fixing. But not by the usual...more

Class Certification Issues In O’Bannon v. NCAA

In This Presentation: - Important Players - Underlying Lawsuit - Procedural Pre-Class Certification - Class Certification Issues - Aftermath and Trial - Recent Developments...more

Dispatches from the E-Book Wars

Apple’s e-book fortunes in the Southern District of New York darkened and then brightened this past week as Judge Denise Cote denied Apple’s request to stay its upcoming damages trial and plaintiffs’ class notification. Later...more

Finding Peace When Settling U.S. and EU Price-Fixing Claims

The great majority of private antitrust disputes are resolved through settlements. One of the key challenges for policymakers, practitioners, consumers and businesses is how to efficiently resolve cross-border price-fixing...more

Flash Boys and the Transportation Corridor Act

Michael Lewis' new book, Flash Boys concerns high frequency traders using advance notice of a stock purchase to reap extra profits. Fittingly, the North Carolina Supreme Court's decision in Beroth Oil v. NCDOT was published...more

Section 1 Claims Dismissed in LIBOR, TIBOR Class Action

On March 28, 2014, Judge Daniels of the Southern District of New York dismissed antitrust and unjust enrichment claims against over 20 banks accused of manipulating prices in the Euroyen interbank lending market by submitting...more

Supreme Court Certifies Price-Fixing Class Actions Brought by Indirect Purchasers; Confirms Low Evidentiary Threshold for...

On October 31, 2013, the Supreme Court of Canada (the “Court”) released its decisions in Pro Sys Consultants Ltd. v. Microsoft Corporation (“Pro-Sys”), Sun Rype Products Ltd. v. Archer Daniels Midland Company (“Sun-Rype”),...more

Consumers can join class actions over price-fixing

On October 31, 2013, the Supreme Court of Canada released three important judgments dealing with whether consumers can sue manufacturers who are involved in conspiracies that increase the prices of products that consumers...more

US China Trade War Developments –Trade, False Claims Act, Patents, US/Chinese Antitrust And Securities

On December 3, 2013, former Congressman Don Bonker of APCO and I will be speaking in Vancouver, Canada at a breakfast conference held by the American Chamber of Commerce on “The Trans-Pacific Partnership Demystified: A...more

US China Trade War–Developments In Trade, Customs, Patents, Antitrust And Securities

There have been some major developments in the trade, solar cells, Customs, 337/patents, antitrust and securities areas. On September 26th there were reports that the United States and China have been negotiating for the past...more

Advertising Law -- Sep 12, 2013

Actress Claims Sponsorship Deal Soured Over “#spon” - Did the use of a hashtag cause Sensa Products, a weight loss company, to commit fraud and to breach its contract with celebrity endorser and Academy Award-winning...more

If Your Allegations Don’t Establish a Price Effect, You May Lack Antitrust Standing

In Somers v. Apple, Inc., Case No. 11-16896 (9th Cir. Sept. 3, 2013), the Ninth Circuit affirmed the district court’s dismissal of a putative class action against Apple, Inc., alleging antitrust violations in connection with...more

Preliminary Approval of Settlement in California AG Class Action Alleging Cathode Ray Tube Price Fixing - Settlement Funds to be...

The San Francisco Superior Court recently granted preliminary approval of the settlement in a class action lawsuit brought by the California Attorney General, alleging that many California government entities were harmed by...more

SCC to Consider Use of Criminal Wiretaps in Class Actions

On June 2012, the Supreme Court of Canada announced that it would hear appeals in two matters from Quebec (Imperial Oil v Simon Jacques and Couche-Tard Inc v Simon Jacques) that may determine whether and to what extent wire...more

Chinese Vitamin C manufacturers found liable for price fixing in the United States -- court orders total damages of US$162 million...

In a case that reverberated throughout Chinese state-owned and private companies, as well as various organs of the Chinese government, in a recent private civil class action case in United States District Court for the...more

More Evidence that California May No Longer Follow the Per Se Rule in Vertical Pricing Fixing Cases

In Kaewsawang v. Sara Lee Fresh, Inc., Case No. BC360109 (Cal. Los Angeles Superior Ct. May 6, 2013), the trial court dismissed a challenge to Sara Lee’s pricing practices brought under California’s state antitrust law, the...more

Where (and What) Is the Harm?

The recent LIBOR suppression scandal has given rise to numerous lawsuits, both individual and putative class actions based on several theories of recovery, that have been consolidated in the Southern District of New York....more

China's Export Policy Changes After U.S. Antitrust Case [Video]

April 23 (Bloomberg) -- William Isaacson, partner at Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP, talks with Bloomberg Law's Spencer Mazyck about his eight-year antitrust crusade against several Chinese Vitamin C makers, which resulted in...more

Consumer Products Settlements Containing Cy Pres Distributions Receiving Increased Scrutiny

In a recent decision, In re Baby Products Antitrust Litigation, 2013 U.S. App. LEXIS 3379 (3d Cir. Feb. 19, 2013), the Third Circuit vacated the district court’s order approving a $35.5 million class action settlement which...more

$300 Million Dairy Settlement Will Bring Reform, Lawyer Says [Video]

Feb. 19 (Bloomberg) -- Robert Abrams, Chair of the Antitrust Group at Baker & Hostetler LLP, talks about his representation of a certified class of southeastern dairy farmers in the recently announced $158.6 million...more

Ticking Time Bomb: Private LIBOR Litigation

One by one global banks are being ensnared in the LIBOR prosecution net. Late last year UBS, the Swiss banking giant, entered into a massive settlement in which it agreed to pay approximately $1.5 billion in fines and...more

Another Court Holds Daubert Analysis Required When Critical to Class Certification

With a split among the Circuits, no authoritative decision from the Third Circuit, and certiorari already granted by the U.S. Supreme Court on the issue, another district court has concluded that a thorough Daubert analysis...more

A Busy Year in Court: Canadian Competition Law in 2012

2012 was a busy year for Canadian competition litigation, as numerous cases were heard or decided. The Supreme Court of Canada heard three class proceedings cases involving the Competition Act and the Competition Tribunal had...more

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