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

Publication

“That Particular Part” – Yet More

Massachusetts Appeals Court Gets It Right – Mostly Hot on the heels of the Federal Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision in MTI, Inc. v. Employers Insurance Company of Wausau , __ F.3d __,...

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Bloomberg Law In-House Forum West: The Trigger: Internal Investigation Trends

Jessica Nall will speak at the Bloomberg Law In-House Forum West program, "The Trigger: Internal Investigation Trends." For companies that are rapidly evolving, becoming more digital and global, staying aware of developments that may...

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CWA Regulation of Discharges to Groundwater: Permitting Uncertainty in Light of Circuit Court Split

Sarah Bell will speak on the Strafford live webinar, "CWA Regulation of Discharges to Groundwater: Permitting Uncertainty in Light of Circuit Court Split." This CLE webinar will discuss the "indirect discharge" theory of Clean...

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California's Bold Step Forward Into the Contentious World of Wetlands Regulation

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News

Aviva Gilbert Selected as 2019 Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Pathfinder

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News

For Jerry Braun, a Career of Addiction in Law

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Cannabis Companies and the California Consumer Privacy Act

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Event

2019 Forum for State Appellate Court Judges: Aggregate Litigation in State Courts - Preserving Vital Mechanisms

At the Pound Civil Justice Institute's 2019 Forum for State Appellate Court Judges, Jim Bruen will discuss recent impediments to aggregate litigation implemented on the federal level, emerging trends in aggregate litigation in the United States,...

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News

Former City of Napa Planner Rick Tooker Joins Farella Braun + Martel

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Damages for Permit Revocation Constitute Covered “Loss of Use”

Insurers often claim “economic damages” are not covered under a standard commercial general liability (CGL) policy.  The Fourth District Court of Appeal’s decision in Thee Sombrero, Inc. v. Scottsdale Ins. Co., 28 Cal. App....

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