U.S. District Judge Richard Seeborg of the Northern District of California has granted final approval to a settlement in litigation over the pricing of of optical disk drives sold to retailers and other business entities. Attorneys for direct purchasers in multiple coordinated lawsuits alleged that defendant electronics companies (including Sony, Samsung, Pioneer, TEAC and others) conspired to set and fix prices from 2004 through 2009 for the electronics components, used to read and write data on DVDs, Blu-rays, and CDs. [Read more…]
In a resolution of its portion of the multidistrict antitrust lawsuit relating to a myriad of battery manufacturers accused of fixing lithium ion battery prices, Sony will pay indirect buyers of lithium ion batteries $19.5 million.
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has made its first outright challenge towards so-called “no-authorized-generics” agreements between branded drug makers and generic drug companies. The agency initiated legal action against Endo Pharmaceuticals Inc. and other drugmakers for making anti-competitive payments through the mechanism of illegally withholding authorization for the production of generic versions of certain drugs. The FTC concludes these pharmaceutical companies violated antitrust laws by blocking lower-cost generic versions of branded drugs from consumers with pay-for-delay payments.
Lieff Cabraser represents Danielle M. Seaman, M.D., in a class action lawsuit against Duke University; Duke University Health System; and Dr. William L. Roper, Dean and Vice-Chancellor of Medical Affairs for University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine, and Chief Executive Officer of the University of North Carolina Health Care System. The complaint charges that the defendants entered into an express, secret agreement not to hire each other’s faculty, with the intent and effect of suppressing the mobility and pay of each other’s skilled medical employees. [Read more…]
Elizabeth Cabraser has been named to the three-member Plaintiffs Executive Committee for the more than 100 class actions alleging that four major airlines conspired to fix the prices of domestic fares. The Committee will work with lead counsel Michael Hausfeld and Steve Williams to lead the litigation. U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly asked both sides to submit a proposed filing schedule for the cases by February 25th, and ordered the new plaintiffs leadership team to create a “proposal for addressing the issue of managing plaintiffs’ fees and expenses in this litigation,” including how she could review costs.
According to The Recorder, “The groundbreaking [High-Tech Antitrust] class action, one of the first to successfully apply antitrust law to employment activity, has ushered in a wave of similar suits targeting California animation studios, North Carolina medical schools, a mixed martial arts promoter and additional tech companies.” [Read more…]
Lieff Cabraser attorney Brendan P. Glackin will be speaking at Practising Law Institute’s (PLI) California Trial Advocacy 2015 Seminar on August 5, 2015 in San Francisco, California. Glackin will be featured on a distinguished panel of guests, presenting a session on "Preparing Your Case for Trial, Including Motions in Limine/Deposition Designations." This seminar will cover trial preparation, limine motions, jury selection, opening statements, witness preparation, direct and cross examination, experts, and closing arguments.
Lieff Cabraser partners Joy A. Kruse and Dean M. Harvey will be discussing the latest trends in class actions at the Eleventh Annual Comprehensive Conference on Class Actions on June 4th & 5th in Seattle, Washington. Hosted by Law Seminars International, the conference will bring together distinguished practitioners in state and federal class actions. Ms. Kruse will address developments in securities law on a panel entitled “Raising Capital: Class Actions and Market Manipulation.” Mr. Harvey will speak on the “Cases at the Intersection of Class Actions and Employee Protection Regulations” panel.
The American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Antitrust Law and the Section of Labor and Employment Law presents a panel discussion titled “From High-Tech Labor to Sandwich Artists: The Law and Economics of Employee Solicitation and Hiring” on March 25, 2015. Lieff Cabraser attorney Dean M. Harvey will serve as moderator for this event.
Lieff Cabraser attorney Annika K. Martin will be speaking at the Ninth Annual Sedona Conference Institute Program on eDiscovery on March 20 in Nashville, TN at the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel. Martin will be featured on a distinguished panel of practitioners and judges, discussing the topic of “Ethical Challenges in eDiscovery: Representing Clients Responsibly.”
In the latest issue of Business Torts & RICO News, a publication of the Business Torts & Civil RICO Committee of the American Bar Association Section of Antitrust Law, Lieff Cabraser attorney Lin Y. Chan addresses of the question of antitrust standing requirements in the context of state Illinois Brick repealer statutes.
In a significant ruling defining the scope of U.S. antitrust laws in our global economy, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the criminal convictions of AU Optronics ("AUO"), one of the world’s leading manufacturers of Thin Film Transistor Liquid Crystal Displays ("TFT-LCDs"), and its wholly-owned subsidiary AU Optronics Corporation of America ("AUOA") for fixing the prices of TFT-LCDs imported and sold in the U.S. in violation of the Sherman Act. TFT-LCDs are used in flat-panel televisions as well as computer monitors, laptop computers, mobile phones, personal digital assistants, and other devices.
The 2014 Chambers USA Guide has awarded Lieff Cabraser’s antitrust practice group with a Nationwide Band 1 ranking. Chambers noted the breadth of prominent cases our antitrust attorneys handle, highlighting the class action lawsuit against Silicon Valley tech giants Apple, Google, Intel and other companies for allegedly conspiring to suppress the pay of technical, creative, and other salaried employees.
Kelly M. Dermody of the national plaintiffs’ law firm Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, announced today that a settlement has been reached with Apple Inc., Google Inc., Intel Corporation, and Adobe Systems Inc. in the class action lawsuit charging that these companies violated federal antitrust laws by conspiring for years to suppress the pay of technical, creative, and research and development employees, including by agreeing not to actively recruit each other’s employees. The terms of the settlement are confidential until Plaintiffs file their settlement papers with the Court next month. [Read more…]
Lieff Cabraser serves as co-counsel for a group of current and former college athletes in an antitrust class action against the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). On April 14, 2014, U.S. District Court Judge Claudia Wilken denied the NCAA’s motion for summary judgment and granted in part plaintiffs’ motion for summary judgment, paving the way for trial in the case to start in June 2014.
Earlier this year, a settlement of $130 million plus prospective relief was reached in a class action lawsuit brought by truck stops and other retail fueling facilities that paid percentage-based transaction fees to Comdata on proprietary card transactions using Comdata’s over-the-road fleet card.
On behalf of the American Independent Business Alliance ("AMIBA"), Lieff Cabraser submitted an amicus brief in the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit on February 20, 2014, urging affirmance of a $1.2 billion verdict against the Dow Chemical Company for colluding with its competitors to fix the prices of urethane chemicals used to make foam products for automobiles, furniture, construction and packaging.