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5 — Advising Clients on Antitrust Issues
Friday, September 14—9:50 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.
Might your client’s business practices, acquisitions, pricing, trade association participation or other activities run afoul of federal or state antitrust laws? Learn how any practitioner can help clients protect against antitrust problems and identify existing practices that could threaten liability. No antitrust experience required!
CLE: 1.0 Hour
17 — What U.S. Practitioners Need to Know About the EU’s GDPR
Friday, September 14—3:10 p.m. – 4:10 p.m.
On May 25, 2018 the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) became effective in the European Union (EU). The GDPR applies to any company that processes personal data of EU residents and imposes significant restrictions on the gathering, retention, and use of personal data and potential transfer of that data to the United States. There is conflict between the broad discovery allowed in the U.S. litigation (and the manner in which that discovery is located, produced, stored and used) and the strong data privacy protections afforded to personal data located in the European Union. Panelists will discuss how companies subject to the GDPR that are being sued in the U.S. can balance their GDPR privacy obligations with their discovery obligations under U.S. law.
41 — Best Practices for Lawyers and Their Clients for Social Media Marketing
Saturday, September 15 — 3:10 p.m. – 4:10 p.m.
This panel will provide an overview of the ethical and legal issues raised from social media marketing for lawyers and their clients, including everything from influencers and endorsements to LinkedIn and tweeting. Learn about the burgeoning issues in social media marketing from government regulators and top defense lawyers.
CLE: 1.0 Hour of Which 0.5 Hour Applies to Legal Ethics
This webinar is presented by the Antitrust, UCL and Privacy Section and the International Law Section.
This program offers 1.5 hour participatory MCLE credits. You must register in advance to participate.
Wednesday, July 25, 2018, 9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
China is quickly becoming one of the most important antitrust jurisdictions in the world. On August 1, 2018, China’s Anti-Monopoly Law (AML) will celebrate its tenth anniversary. What’s the story so far, and what’s next? A group of seasoned practitioners from both China and the U.S. will discuss highlights of the competition regime over the past ten years, the challenges lying ahead, and their outlooks into the future of China’s competition law enforcement.
Moderator: Qianwei Fu, Zelle LLP, San Francisco, CA
Date: Thursday, July 26, 2018
Location: United States District Court, Ceremonial Courtroom, 450 Golden Gate Avenue, San Francisco, CA
MCLE Hours: Earn 1 MCLE credit.
Program Description: Will Apple’s App Store lead to the end of Illinois Brick? Pepper v. Apple and calls for a new antitrust damage regime.
Recently calls have been made for the end of the bar on indirect purchaser antitrust damage claims created by Illinois Brick Co. v. Illinois, 431 U.S. 720 (1977). These calls have come from high levels at the United States Department of Justice and from federal judges. On June 18, 2018, the United States Supreme Court granted certiorari in Pepper v. Apple, 846 F.3d 313 (9th Cir. 2017). Many believe that Pepper will provide the Supreme Court with an opportunity to reconsider the Illinois Brick rule. This panel will examine the derivation of the Illinois Brick rule, practice after Illinois Brick both before and after the Class Action Fairness Act, and the potential consequences should Illinois Brick be overruled. Judge Jon S. Tigar will introduce the discussion, which will include perspectives from leading antitrust practitioners.
The event will be hosted in conjunction with the ABA Antitrust Section’s Global Private Litigation Committee.
Moderator: Jaimie Chen, Joseph Saveri Law Firm
Essential Information: Pre-Registration Deadline: The deadline to pre-register is Thursday, July 19, 2018
Cancellations/Refunds: Requests must be received in writing by Thursday, July 19, 2018. A $25 processing fee will be charged. Refunds will not be available after Thursday, July 19, 2018.
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Questions: For registration information call (415) 795-7025. Telephone registrations will not be accepted. For program content and/or Section information call (415) 735-3334.
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View an interview with Bruce L. Simon, in conversation with David Faigman, at U.C. Hastings College of the Law on May 23, 2018.
UC Hastings College of the Law The Executive Committee of the Antitrust, UCL & Privacy Section of the California Lawyers Association is thrilled to announce its selection of Bruce L. Simon of Pearson, Simon & Warshaw, LLP as the 2018 “Antitrust Lawyer of the Year.” For those who practice in the field of antitrust law, Bruce needs no introduction. He is one of the leading antitrust lawyers not just in California, but nationwide. He has been appointed lead counsel for plaintiffs in many antitrust cases with national and global impact, and has secured billions of dollars in settlements for businesses and consumers.
One of his particularly notable cases is In Re: Credit Default Swaps Antitrust Litigation, a case alleging a conspiracy among the world’s largest banks to maintain opacity of the credit default swaps market as a means of maintaining supra-competitive prices of bid/ask spreads. As Co-Lead Counsel, Bruce was instrumental in achieving a landmark settlement amounting to $1.86 billion. It is one of the largest civil antitrust settlements in history.
He was also one of the lead trial attorneys in the In Re: TFT-LCD Flat Panel Antitrust Litigation . In recent times, this is one of a handful of antitrust class actions that has gone to a jury verdict in favor of the plaintiffs. The case was tried right here in the N.D. Cal, and resulted in a verdict of $87 million before trebling. Total settlements in the case amounted to $473 million.
Bruce has just been appointed co-lead counsel in In Re: German Automotive Manufacturers Antitrust Litigation . He represents indirect purchasers who allege collusion among the largest German car companies to stifle innovation, restrict supply and fix prices for their vehicles.
Bruce’s achievements are not limited to the courtroom. He is the former Chair of this Section and remains an advisor and active contributor. After Co-Chairing an ABA task force to increase participation of the plaintiffs’ bar in the Antitrust Section, and leading the Global Private Litigation Committee, Bruce is now on the Council. Bruce is also a past Chair of the Board of Directors of his alma mater, U.C. Hastings College of the Law, and served on the Board for 12 years.
Upon learning of his selection, Bruce stated, “I am so honored and humbled to be chosen. It is particularly poignant given the many friendships I have made during my service with the Section. “Antitrust Lawyer of the Year” is built on the high quality and talent of all who participate in the Section, and in particular, those who have received the award in the past. Being associated with all of you has taught me so much and has always kept me on my toes.”
You will hear much more about Bruce at the “Antitrust Lawyer of the Year” Dinner and Ceremony on November 8, 2018, at the Julia Morgan Ballroom in the Merchant Exchange Building in San Francisco. The Dinner and Ceremony will cap off what is shaping up to be a fantastic 28th Annual Golden State Institute, the preeminent competition law conference in the Western United States. Mark your calendars now!
Finally, I would like to thank everyone who took the time to submit nominations for the Antitrust Lawyer of the Year. The Executive Committee received many excellent nominations which made the decision all the more difficult. The process was a wonderful reminder of the bounty of accomplished antitrust lawyers who practice in California. On a personal note, I am particularly delighted the Executive Committee chose to bestow this honor on a fellow member of the plaintiffs’ bar. I know Bruce not just an eminently qualified antitrust lawyer with a noteworthy career, but as one heck of a nice guy!
Please join us in congratulating Bruce L. Simon on his selection as the 2018 “Antitrust Lawyer of the Year!”
Jill M. Manning
Chair, Executive Committee
Antitrust, UCL & Privacy Section
On June 14, 2018, in a unanimous opinion reversing the Second Circuit, the United States Supreme Court held that U.S. courts are not required to give conclusive effect to a foreign government’s proffered statement of its own law.
In a victory for digital privacy advocates, on June 22, 2018, the United States Supreme Court held that individuals maintain legitimate expectations of privacy, for Fourth Amendment purposes, in their cell-site location information (CSLI) maintained by cell phone companies and that the government generally may not collect CSLI from cell phone companies without a warrant.
On June 3, 2018 California Governor Jerry Brown signed the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (“CPA”). The CPA, which takes effect in January 2020, will give consumers unprecedented control over data that businesses gather on them and imposes significant penalties on businesses that do not comply.
In a “gig economy” decision that will please employers but disappoint independent contractors, the Ninth Circuit reversed a district court’s dismissal of a Sherman Act Section 1 challenge to Seattle’s ordinance authorizing a collective-bargaining process for independent contractors who work as for-hire drivers for “driver coordinators” such as Uber and Lyft.
On June 6, 2018, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit issued its decision in LabMD, Inc. v. FTC, No. 16-16270 (11th Cir. June 6, 2018), a closely watched case in which LabMD challenged the Federal Trade Commission’s authority to regulate the data security practices of private companies.
On June 4, 2018, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California’s dismissal of a class action brought by a consumer against the chocolate manufacturer Mars, Inc. (“Mars”).
Cheryl Lee Johnson, Editor-in-Chief
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