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Fear and Trebling: E-Book Class Action Takes a(nother) Bite out of Apple

The legal drama continues for Apple, Inc., as the tech giant recently suffered another in a string of significant legal setbacks in the e-book antitrust saga in the Southern District of New York. Last month, Judge Denise...more

Motorola Loses Antitrust Claims Based on Foreign Purchases

In a landmark decision in the long-running TFT-LCD price-fixing litigation, an Illinois federal court last week dismissed more than $3 billion worth of damages claims by cell phone maker Motorola Mobility, Inc. ...more

Top tips for purchasing professionals on spotting possible vendor collusion

This year promises to be another in which corporate purchasing departments work hard to keep costs down while vendors try to increase their margins. In this marketplace tug of war, vendors will occasionally engage in a little...more

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

There have been some major developments in the trade, Customs fraud, patents, US/Chinese antitrust, and securities areas. I have just returned from a trip of more than 2 weeks in China. While in China, we discussed US...more

Criminal Agreements In Antitrust Prosecutions: Through A Looking Glass

From a criminal defendant’s perspective, Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland makes an apt point of reference in assessing the law of conspiracy in criminal antitrust cases....more

Court Finds That Apple’s E-Book Market Entry Plan Violates The Sherman Act

After a three-week bench trial, the court has ruled that Apple violated Section 1 of the Sherman Act....more

The Apple Decision: Lessons Taken

On July 10, 2013, Judge Denise Cote of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York ruled that Apple Inc. committed a per se illegal violation of Section 1 of the Sherman Act when it instigated and...more

A Book on Books: SDNY Issues 160-Page Opinion Declaring that Apple Violated Section 1 of the Sherman Act by Conspiring to Raise...

On July 10, 2013, 15 months after the Department of Justice (DOJ) filed its suit against Apple Inc. (Apple) and five major publishers for allegedly conspiring to raise e-book prices and end e-book retailers’ freedom to...more

Criminal Antitrust Update - April 2013

INDUSTRY SCORECARD - E-books: Macmillan has become the latest and final major e-book publisher to resolve price-fixing allegations by the DOJ Antitrust Division (the “Division”)...more

Through a Glass Darkly: A U Optronics and the Extraterritorial Application of the Sherman Act

Can price-fixing abroad be prosecuted criminally under the U.S. Sherman Act? The antitrust bar might well raise an eyebrow at the question. Since international cartels became a focus of the Department of Justice’s Antitrust...more

Managing Association Joint Purchasing Programs without Violating the Antitrust Laws: Lessons from a DOJ Business Review Letter

Trade and professional associations (“associations”) frequently sponsor joint purchasing arrangements on behalf of their members. These programs offer numerous potential benefits, including centralized ordering, volume...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

Latest LCD Criminal Conviction - Stephen Leung Of AUO Convicted On Retrial

After a 3-week trial and less than 24 hours of deliberation, a federal jury in San Francisco convicted Mr. Stephen Leung of AUO of one felony count of price-fixing in violation of Section 1 of the Sherman Act. He was charged...more

Lonely Conspirators: Antitrust Liability When Nobody Joins Your Conspiracy

The worst antitrust offenses involve conspiracies involving multiple actors. Hard-core offenses under Section 1 of the Sherman Act, such as price-fixing, market division, customer allocation, or bid-rigging, require...more

Two New Court Rulings Say No Exception In Per Se Rule On International Price-Fixing

Naked price-fixing agreements among competitors traditionally have been subject to the per se rule, which declares such conduct to be illegal without analysis of its effect on competition. Originally published in New...more

DOJ Verdict In Liquid Crystal Display Price Fixing Case Shows Juries Get It

Earlier this week, after an eight week trial, a jury in San Francisco convicted AU Optronics Corporation (“AUO”), a Taiwanese corporation, its U.S. subsidiary, AU Optronics Corporation of America (“AUOA”), and two of their...more

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