Antitrust and Unfair Competition Law

Competition: Fall 2018, Vol 28, No. 1


Jill M. Manning

Steyer Lowenthal Boodrookas Alvarez & Smith LLP

San Francisco, CA

The Antitrust, Unfair Competition & Privacy Law Section of the California Lawyers Association is pleased to provide you with the 28th edition of Competition Journal. This edition is particularly intriguing, with articles focusing on cutting-edge antitrust issues, including the application of antitrust law to blockchains, algorithmic price-fixing, the intersection between antitrust law and new drug products, the challenges of demonstrating pass-through in IPP cases, and whether Apple’s app store might constitute a monopoly. Special thanks to Editor-in-Chief, Anna Fabish, and her team of terrific authors and editors for their hard work in putting this compelling issue together.

The fall is typically a busy time for our section and this year is no exception. We have returned from our summer vacations rested, invigorated, and ready to get back to work! First, we just wrapped up the CLA Annual Meeting in San Diego. This three day event was chock full of timely and though-provoking educational panels, including three by our own section members on "Advising Clients on Antitrust Issues," "Best Practices for Lawyers and their Clients For Social Media Marketing" and "What U.S. Practitioners Need to Know About the EU’s GDPR." A highlight of the event was a luncheon featuring Justice Kathryn Werdegar (Ret.). This event gets better and better each year.

Second, we are putting the finishing touches on our flagship annual event, the Golden State Antitrust, Unfair Competition & Privacy Law Institute, an all-day conference featuring panels on "Big Stakes" antitrust trials, a panel featuring three judges from the Northern District of California, a luncheon conversation with California Supreme Court Justice Mariano-Florentino Cuellar, and much, much more. Immediately following the conference is a reception, dinner, and ceremony honoring Bruce L. Simon of Pearson, Simon & Warshaw, as the 2018 "Antitrust Lawyer of the Year." Bruce has devoted his career to representing businesses and consumers in complex antitrust, securities and consumer cases. Mark your calendars now—you do not want to miss this event!

Third, I am pleased to report that we are winding down our first year as the California Lawyers Association. Although there were some bumps along the road, we are not just surviving but thriving. Our name has changed, but our mission has not. We continue working tirelessly to further the knowledge of our Section members by creating educational programs, materials and forums, and mentoring and networking programming. Please let us know how we can better serve you, and join us as we build a new future for our Section and its Members.

Fourth, I would like to take a moment to remember with gratitude and admiration two of our section advisors who passed away this year: Max Blecher and Don Hibner. Both were antitrust giants, from whom our section has benefited greatly over the years. Each has left an indelible mark on this organization, and will be sorely missed.

Finally, as the outgoing Chair of the Section for the 2017—2018 term, I have been pondering the successes we have had this year—too many to mention—and thinking about the future of our Section. While we are small in numbers, we are mighty in the quality of the educational programs and materials we create, and the networking opportunities we provide to our Members. Competition Journal is just one of the many benefits you receive from membership in the Section. Now, it’s time to start reading. . . .

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