Ninth Circuit Reaffirms U.S. Antitrust Laws Apply To International Price-Fixing Cartels

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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.

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Lieff Cabraser’s Antitrust Practice Group Receives Top National Ranking from Chambers USA

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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.

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Apple Google Intel and Adobe to Settle Anti-Poaching Suit

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…]

Court Decision Paves Path For Start Of NCAA Student Athletes Suit

Court Decision Paves Path For Start Of NCAA Student Athletes Suit

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.

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Small Businesses Defend Billion Dollar Price-Fixing Verdict

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.

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Ninth Circuit Denies Review of District Court’s Class Certification Order in High-Tech Employee Antitrust Litigation

Today, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit denied review of the district court’s order certifying a class of technical employees who worked at seven high-tech companies—including Adobe, Apple, Google, and Intel—from approximately 2005 through 2009. As a result, the class certification order stands. [Read more…]

Verdict in Toshiba LCDs Antitrust Trial Makes Top 10 of National Law Journal’s 2012 Verdicts

In its annual listing of the largest verdicts, the National Law Journal ranked the $261 million verdict against Toshiba Corporation in a class action trial brought by direct purchases of Thin Film Transistor-Liquid Crystal Displays (“TFT-LCDs”) as the eight largest verdict in the U.S. in 2012. TFT-LCDs are used in flat-panel televisions as well as computer monitors, laptop computers, mobile phones, personal digital assistants, and other devices. [Read more…]