"Fair competition and the protection of intellectual property are essential to our nation's economic growth. We level the playing field for our clients, holding accountable those that have abused their monopoly power, fixed prices, stolen intellectual property, or conspired to restrain trade."

Eric B. Fastiff, Partner and Chair of the Antitrust & Intellectual Property Practice Group

Antitrust & Intellectual Property

Promoting fair competition and safeguarding patents and copyrights

The power of dominant corporations to fix prices, restrict supply, stifle innovation and harm smaller companies, entrepreneurs, governments, and consumers gave rise to the nation's first antitrust laws more than a century ago.

Bold advocates for competition

Lieff Cabraser is at the forefront of innovative and landmark cases promoting fair competition in the marketplace. We assist companies, governments, and consumers affected by anticompetitive conduct, assess market circumstances and determine whether and how to pursue legal action to achieve their goals.

In 2014, the Chambers USA Guide awarded our antitrust practice group with its nationwide Band 1 ranking. Chambers ranks law firm practice groups worldwide, with Band 1 being the highest rating.

One year earlier, The Recorder recognized our Antitrust lawyers as finalists for its first ever California Antitrust Litigation Department of the Year Award.

In 2012, the Daily Journal selected our antitrust practice group as one of the top five practice groups of leading California law firms, observing:

With De Beers, it was a monopoly on diamonds. With vitamin makers, price-fixing. No matter the transgression, Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP will avenge it. Because of that tenacity, the firm's antitrust practice group over the past 20 years has evolved into one of the most formidable in the state.

Successfully challenging cartels and monopolies

We have successfully challenged global cartels, conspiracies among would-be competitors, monopolies, and other anti-competitive practices. The result: judgments and settlements in excess of $6 billion in antitrust cases in which our firm has had a leading role.

Our advice springs from a sophisticated understanding of the legal, economic and business issues related to antitrust cases. With a blend of courage, superior legal skills, and high principles, we protect our clients' interests and help them achieve their goals by winning highly-complex antitrust lawsuits against those that have abused market power to eliminate competition.

Protecting the rights of innovators and creators

Our intellectual property practice represents inventors, startups, and businesses in intellectual property disputes against some of the world’s largest technology companies. Our attorneys handle all phases of IP litigation, from pre-litigation licensing strategy to appeals before the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Knowledge across markets and industries

Our antitrust and IP attorneys handle cases spanning the global economic spectrum. From pharmaceuticals, agricultural products, computers, software, and industrial inputs to financial services, healthcare, and the high-tech industry, we draw on a deep reservoir of knowledge about the operational, marketing, economic and competitive issues relevant to these cases, along with our tested trial experience.

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Current Cases

Capacitor Manufacturers Antitrust

Lieff Cabraser announces an investigation of alleged price manipulation in the market for electronic capacitors.

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Global price-fixing conspiracy
Cipro Price-Fixing

Lieff Cabraser represents California consumers in a class action lawsuit charging that Bayer Corporation unlawfully restrained competition from generic drug manufacturers to Bayer's blockbuster antibiotic prescription drug Ciprofloxacin.

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Exclusionary agreements not to compete
Rechargeable Lithium Batteries

We serve as Interim Co-Lead Indirect Purchaser Counsel representing consumers in a class action filed against Sony, Panasonic, Hitachi, LG Chem, Samsung, and Sanyo for allegedly conspiring to fix and raise the prices of lithium-ion rechargeable batteries.

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Global price-fixing conspiracy
High-Tech Workers Class Action Lawsuit

Leading High Tech companies allegedly entered into agreements with each other, eliminating a significant form of competition to attract highly skilled employees and distorting the hiring and promotion process to the detriment of affected employees.

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No cold calling, no-hire agreements, suppressed employee wages
LIBOR Manipulation

Lieff Cabraser represents The Charles Schwab Corporation and certain of its affiliates in a lawsuit against major banks for allegedly manipulating the London Interbank Offered Rate ("LIBOR").

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Manipulation of LIBOR rates
CopyTele Lawsuit

The complaint alleges that AUO and E Ink conspired to steal valuable, patented display technologies developed by CTI and used in many popular consumer electronics devices. CTI has also filed a separate patent infringement lawsuit against E Ink.

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Breach of contract & patent infringement
Municipal Derivatives

Lieff Cabraser is serving as co-counsel for the City of Oakland in a federal antitrust lawsuit alleging that financial companies and brokers agreed among themselves to give cities artificially low bids for Guaranteed Investment Contracts.

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Fraud and bid-rigging
Air Cargo

Airfreight customers, both individuals and businesses, have filed antitrust class action lawsuits alleging a global conspiracy to fix prices for fuel, security and insurance surcharges in international air cargo shipping.

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Price-fixing cartel
Cathode Ray Tubes

Lieff Cabraser, with co-counsel, serves as counsel in a class action complaint on behalf of businesses and individuals that purchased CRTs and products containing CRTs from manufacturers alleging defendants operated a global cartel to fix the prices of CRTs sold in the United States.

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Price-fixing cartel
Refrigerant Compressors

Lieff Cabraser is investigating a potential case involving the price fixing of refrigeration system compressors.

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Natural Gas Antitrust Cases

In 2003, the Court approved a landmark of $1.1 billion settlement in class action litigation against El Paso Natural Gas Co. for manipulating the market for natural gas pipeline transmission capacity into California. Lieff Cabraser served as Plaintiffs’ Co-Lead Counsel and Co-Liaison Counsel in the Natural Gas Antitrust Cases I-IV.

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$1.25 billion settlement
Wholesale Electricity Antitrust Cases

Lieff Cabraser served as Co-Lead Counsel in the private class action litigation against Duke Energy Trading & Marketing Reliant Energy, and The Williams Companies for claims that the companies manipulated California's wholesale electricity markets during the California energy crisis of 2000-2001.

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$1.066 billion in settlements
Brand Name Prescription Drugs

Lieff Cabraser served as Class Counsel for a class of tens of thousands of retail pharmacies against the leading pharmaceutical manufacturers and wholesalers of brand name prescription drugs for alleged price-fixing from 1989 to 1995 in violation of the federal antitrust laws.

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$723 million settlement

Representing businesses and consumers, Lieff Cabraser prosecuted multiple private antitrust cases against Microsoft Corporation in state courts across the country, including Florida, New York, North Carolina, and Tennessee.

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Settlements valued at over $700 million
TFT-LCD (Flat Panel)

The settlements this antitrust class action lawsuit brought by direct purchasers against the world’s leading manufacturers of Thin Film Transistor Liquid Crystal Displays (LCDs) for allegedly conspiring to fix prices totaled over $470 million. Lieff Cabraser served as Co-Lead Counsel for the class.

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$470 Million in settlements
De Beers Diamonds

In addition to paying $295 million to direct purchasers and consumers of diamonds in the U.S., the settlement contains an historic injunction barring anti-competitive practices and requiring De Beers to submit to the ongoing jurisdiction of the U.S. District Court.

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$295 million settlement and historic injunction

In March 2005, the Court approved a settlement valued at $175 million that Lieff Cabraser and co-counsel reached with numerous department store cosmetics manufacturers and retailers.

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Settlement valued at $175 million
California Pharmaceutical Cases

Lieff Cabraser served as Co-Lead and Co-Liaison Counsel representing a certified class of indirect purchasers (consumers) on claims against the major pharmaceutical manufacturers for violations of the Cartwright Act and the Unfair Competition Act.

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Settlement valued at $171 million
Titanium Dioxide Antitrust Class Action

Plaintiffs allege that the world's leading manufacturers of titanium dioxide conspired to fix, raise, and maintain the price of titanium dioxide in the United States in violation of Section 1 of the Sherman Act.

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$163 million settlement

In May 2005, the Court granted final approval to a settlement of a class action lawsuit by patients, insurance companies and health and welfare benefit plans that paid for Lupron, a prescription drug.

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$150 million settlement

The class action lawsuits charged that Comdata, the owner of a credit card system used by almost every truck stop in the United States, undermined the ability of rival card issuers to challenge its monopoly, resulting in independent truck stops having to pay millions of dollars in excessive fees.

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$130 million settlement
California Vitamins Cases

Lieff Cabraser served as Co-Liaison Counsel and Co-Chairman of the Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee in an antitrust action brought on behalf of a class of California indirect vitamin purchasers in every level of the chain of distribution.

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$105 million settlement

This settlement provided $90 million cash antitrust settlement for individual consumers, consumer organizations, and third party payers that purchased BuSpar, a drug prescribed to alleviate symptoms of anxiety.

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$90 million settlement
Travel Agency Commissions

Lieff Cabraser served as Co Lead Counsel for a certified class of U.S. travel agents on claims against the major U.S. air carriers, who allegedly violated the federal antitrust laws by fixing the commissions paid to travel agents. In 1997, the Court approved an $82 million settlement.

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$82 million settlement
Toys 'R' Us

In February 2000, the Court approved a settlement of the antitrust case valued at over $56 million.

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$56 million settlement

The lawsuit against Abbott Laboratories for allegedly monopolizing the market for key AIDS medicines used in conjunction with Abbott's prescription drug Norvir settled in 2011 for $52 million.

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$52 million settlement
Carpet Antitrust

Lieff Cabraser served as Class Counsel and a member of the trial team for a class of direct purchasers of twenty-ounce level loop polypropylene carpet. In 2001, the Court approved a $50 million settlement of the case.

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$50 million settlement

Lieff Cabraser served as Co-Lead Counsel on behalf of indirect purchasers of Scotch-brand invisible and transparent tape who alleged that defendant 3M conspired with certain retailers to monopolize the sale of Scotch-brand tape in California. This case has been resolved as part of a nationwide settlement that Lieff Cabraser negotiated, along with co-counsel.

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Settlement valued at over $40 million

Plaintiffs alleged that the manufacturers of the laser system used for the laser vision correction surgery manipulated fees charged to ophthalmologists who performed the surgery, and that the overcharges were passed onto consumers.

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$12.5 million settlement
Magnetic Iron Oxide

In August 2006 and January 2009, the Court approved the final settlements in antitrust litigation against manufacturers, producers, and distributors of magnetic iron oxide ("MIO").

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$6.35 million settlement
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