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Eric B. Fastiff

Eric B. Fastiff

Eric B. Fastiff

Partner
Location:
San Francisco, California
Email:
Phone:
415.956.1000
Fax:
415.965.1008

A Determined Advocate for Fair Competition

The chair of Lieff Cabraser's Antitrust and Intellectual Property Practice Group, Eric B. Fastiff has practiced commercial litigation for the past 17 years, working on numerous cases involving the food, technology, finance, home furnishing, natural resources, and music industries. He also represents businesses in commercial disputes with their suppliers and competitors. His clients include governments, businesses, individuals, and consumer groups.

Eric represents The Charles Schwab Corporation in a suit against several major banks for allegedly manipulating the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR), which is used as a reference rate by financial institutions around the world. He also represents local California governments in the municipal bond Guaranteed Investment Contract bid-rigging litigation.

Eric's notable successes include representing businesses that purchased TFT-LCD panels and products in litigation charging that the world’s leading TFT-LCD manufacturers conspired to fix prices. The litigation resulted in settlements totaling over $470 million.

Eric also spearheaded Lieff Cabraser's prosecution of class action litigation against De Beers for monopolization of the rough diamond trade in the U.S. In addition to successfully obtaining class certification in the California action, Eric played a key role in negotiating and finalizing the $295 million settlement in the federal case. Discussing the DeBeers case, The National Law Journal noted that Lieff Cabraser was

"among the plaintiffs’ firms that weren’t afraid to take on one of the business world’s great white whales."

Earlier successful cases which Eric actively litigated include the BuSpar and Lupron prescription drug pricing litigation and the landmark California natural gas and electricity pricing litigation.

Additional Engagements

Eric has published and edited several works. For several years, he was the General Editor of California Class Actions Practice and Procedures and continues to serve on the Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal of Generic Medicines. He is active in the local community, serving on the Boards of Trustees of a nursing home for the aged and impoverished, a low-income housing apartment complex, an elementary school, and a non-profit organization that assists low-income employees maximize their salaries.

Areas of Practice

Areas of Practice

  • Antitrust and Intellectual Property
  • Commercial Litigation
Education

Education

  • Cornell Law School, Ithaca, New York
    • J.D. - 1995
    • Law Journal: Cornell International Law Journal, Editor-in-Chief
  • London School of Economics, London, England
    • M.Sc.(Econ.) - 1991
  • Tufts University, Medford/Somerville, Massachusetts
    • B.A. (Cum Laude) - 1990
    • Honors: Magno Cum Honore in Thesi
Bar Admissions

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1996
  • District of Columbia, 1997
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Federal Circuit, 2007
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit, 2008
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1996
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California, 2004
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 1997
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California, 2004
  • U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia, 1999
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Wisconsin, 2010
Professional Associations and Memberships

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Antitrust Institute, Advisory Board, 2012
  • Bar Association of San Francisco
  • Children's Day School, Board of Trustees
  • District of Columbia Bar Association
  • Jewish Home for the Aged, Board of Trustees
  • Journal of Generic Medicines, Editorial Board, 2003 - Present
  • Menorah Park, Board of Trustees
  • SF Works, Board of Trustees
  • State Bar of California
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims Bar Association
Published Works

Published Works

  • General Editor, California Class Actions Practice and Procedures, 2003 - 2009
  • Coordinating Editor and Co-Author, California section of the ABA State Class Action Survey, 2003 - 2008
  • “US Generic Drug Litigation Update,” Journal of Generic Medicines 212, 2004
  • The Proposed Hague Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Civil and Commercial Judgments: A Solution to Butch Reynolds's Jurisdiction and Enforcement Problems," 28 Cornell International Law Journal 469, 1995
Honors and Awards

Honors and Awards

  • "Litigation - Antitrust," Best Lawyers, 2013 - 2015
  • "California Litigation Star," Benchmark Plaintiff, 2013 - 2014
  • "Super Lawyer for Northern California," Super Lawyers, 2010 - 2014
  • "Top 100 Lawyers in California," Daily Journal, 2013
  • Legal 500 recommended lawyer, LegalEase, 2013
  • "Top Attorneys in Business Law," Super Lawyers Corporate Counsel Edition, 2012
  • "Lawdragon Finalist," Lawdragon, 2009
Past Employment Positions

Past Employment Positions

  • Honorable James T. Turner, U.S. Court of Federal Claims, Law Clerk, 1995 - 1996

"One of the nation's premier plaintiffs' firms." American Lawyer

"Representing the best qualities of the plaintiffs' bar." The National Law Journal