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.

Lieff Cabraser’s Cases in Antitrust & Intellectual Property



CaseIssue
Air CargoPrice-fixing cartel
Airline Ticket Price CollusionPrice-fixing collusion
Aluminum SulfatePrice-fixing collusion
Capacitors Price-FixingGlobal price-fixing conspiracy
Cathode Ray TubesPrice-fixing cartel
CiproExclusionary agreements not to compete
Contact Lens Price-FixingPrice-fixing
Duke/UNC No-Hire AgreementNo-hire agreement
LIBOR ManipulationManipulation of bank rates
Municipal DerivativesFraud and bid-rigging
Rechargeable Lithium BatteriesGlobal price-fixing conspiracy
Refrigerant CompressorsPrice-fixing


CaseResult
Natural Gas Antitrust Cases$1.25 billion settlement
Wholesale Electricity Antitrust Cases$1.066 billion in settlements
Brand Name Prescription Drugs$723 million settlement
MicrosoftSettlements valued at over $700 million
TFT-LCD (Flat Panel) Screens$470 million in settlements
High Tech Workers$435 million in settlements
De Beers Diamonds$295 million settlement and historic injunction
CosmeticsSettlement valued at $175 million
California Pharmaceutical CasesSettlement valued at $171 million
Titanium Dioxide Antitrust Class Action$163 million settlement
Lupron$150 million settlement
Comdata$130 million settlement
California Vitamins Cases$105 million settlement
Buspar$90 million settlement
Travel Agency Commissions$82 million settlement
Toys 'R' Us$56 million settlement
Norvir$52 million settlement
Carpet Antitrust$50 million settlement
3MSettlement valued at over $40 million
Lasik/PRK$12.5 million settlement
Universal Music Group$11.5 million settlement
CopyTele Lawsuit$9 million settlement
Magnetic Iron Oxide$6.35 million settlement



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