Business Litigation

Antitrust

Throughout our history, we have prosecuted and defended large scale antitrust and unfair competition claims under the Sherman Act, the Cartwright Act and other federal and state acts addressing the bounds of fair competition. We have acted as co-lead counsel in some of the largest nationwide antitrust class actions, taking some of these to significant verdicts. 

We are at the forefront of analyzing innovative antitrust theories, including those based on network effects and the use of technological developments or standards to stifle competition. We have particular experience in handling cases under California's Business & Professions Code Section 17200, with which companies doing business in California have become all too familiar. We have also developed significant experience in the role that antitrust counterclaims, including PREI, Walker-Process and Handgards claims, frequently play in patent litigation.

Our expertise in the interrelationships between antitrust law, technology, and intellectual property rights is nationally recognized. For example, one of our partners served as the Special Master in the high-profile consumer class action and competitor class action lawsuits filed against Microsoft for its alleged antitrust violations.

Firm Highlights

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Platform Ecosystems – The Landscape of US and EU Legislation (Webinar)

Stephanie Skaff and Nate Garhart discuss "Platform Ecosystems – The Landscape of US and EU Legislation." Several new bills targeting online platform companies are making their way through state and federal legislative bodies in the...

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The 15th Annual Santa Fe Advanced Conference on Litigating Natural Resource Damages

Jim Colopy is a speaker at the 15th Annual Santa Fe Advanced Conference on Natural Resource Damages on the panel addressing "Federal Jurisdiction: Waters of the United States.” 

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hiQ’s Groundbreaking Injunction Against LinkedIn Reaffirmed: Scraping of Publicly Available Data Likely Does Not Violate CFAA

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has affirmed its prior decision , holding that LinkedIn could not block hiQ, a scraping entity, from scraping public LinkedIn profiles. The court found it was...

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LinkedIn Loses Data Appeal

Erik Olson was quoted in the article "LinkedIn Loses Data Appeal" in CDR Magazine . In the article, Erik said: We are pleased to see that the Ninth Circuit has again affirmed, in light...

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Farella Braun + Martel Named Among 2022 Best Places to Work

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Platform Ecosystems: Computer Fraud and Abuse Act and Other Scraping Law Developments (Webinar)

Join Stephanie Skaff and Erik Olson in the discussion on "Platform Ecosystems: Computer Fraud and Abuse Act and Other Scraping Law Developments." Web scraping has existed as long as the World Wide Web has...

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Illinois Courts Largely Favor Coverage for BIPA Cases Under CGL Policies

Since Illinois passed its Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA) in 2008, there has been a proliferation of class action lawsuits filed pursuant to the statute. BIPA generally bars private entities from collecting, capturing, purchasing...

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Upside: Changes in the VCAP Liability Coverage Market

Over the past few years, there's been a dramatic rise in premiums in the venture capital liability insurance market and a steady increase in claims being submitted under those policies. We're also seeing a...

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Katherine Philippakis Named Among the Top Women Lawyers in California by Daily Journal

Farella Braun + Martel is proud to announce the selection of partner Katherine Philippakis to the Daily Journal ’s 2022 list of California’s "Top Women Lawyers." The annual list honors the achievements of leading...

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Legal Experts Say Opioid Coverage Disputes Far From Over

Shanti Eagle was quoted in Law360 's article "Legal Experts Say Opioid Coverage Disputes Far From Over."  Read the article here (subscription required).

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