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Antitrust UCL and Privacy Section

Updates and events from the Antitrust, UCL and Privacy Section

In a conversation moderated by the Honorable Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers, the panel of female leaders of the competition bar will share their paths to leadership, discuss the role of gender in their leadership styles, and provide advice for navigating gender-based obstacles. The evening will conclude with a hosted networking reception featuring delectable bites and beverages. Read more
By enacting statutory provisions governing the distribution and sale of fine wines and spirits, Connecticut created a ferment among vintners operating in the state. The resulting distaste prompted one vintner, Connecticut Fine Wines and Spirits, d/b/a Total Wine & More (“Total Wine”), to file suit against the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection and the Director of the Connecticut Division of Liquor Control (collectively, “Defendants”). Conn. Fine Wine & Spirits, LLC v. Seagull, 932 F.3d 22 (2d Cir. 2019). Read more
On September 3, 2019, Judge Jeffrey S. White of the Northern District of California granted in large part the motions to dismiss filed by Defendants Micron, Samsung, and Hynix in a putative class action brought by indirect purchasers of Dynamic Random Access Memory (“DRAM”). Jones v. Micron Tech. Inc., 400 F. Supp. 3d 897, 904 (N.D. Cal. 2019). Read more
A petition for review is before the Supreme Court filed by three California real estate investors who were convicted after trial under Section 1 of the Sherman Act for bid rigging at real estate foreclosure auctions. The defendants preserved their objection that the application of the per se rule was unconstitutional because it took an element of the offense [was the agreement in restraint of trade?] away from the jury once the court decided the per se rule applied. Read more
Join us for the 29th Annual Antitrust, UCL and Privacy Section Golden State Institute & Antitrust Lawyer of the Year Reception and Dinner on November 14, 2019 in San Francisco. Read more
Join us for the 29th Annual Golden State Institute Reception in San Francisco! Read more
On July 5, 2019, Judge Thomas Hardiman, writing for a unanimous three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit (the “Panel”), affirmed the District Court of the Virgin Islands’ verdict dismissing all claims in Spartan Concrete Products, LLC v. Argos USVI, Corp., 929 F.3d 107 (3d Cir. 2019). The case involved a dispute over the sale of ready-made concrete in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Id. at 109. Read more
The case is about telescopes and the antitrust law. The Court’s earlier opinion denying defendants’ Motion to Dismiss was covered in a previous e-brief (here). In the above-captioned Order the Court ruled on a myriad of summary judgment motions filed by the plaintiff, Optronic Technologies (“Orion”), and the defendants, Ningbo Sunny Electronic Co. Ltd. and Sunny Optics, Inc. (“Sunny”). Read more
Join us for the 29th Annual Antitrust, UCL and Privacy Section Golden State Institute & Antitrust Lawyer of the Year Reception and Dinner on November 14, 2019 in San Francisco. Read more
Penelope A. Preovolos, the 2019 “Antitrust Lawyer of the Year” and a partner at Morrison & Foerster, will discuss why she became a competition lawyer – and stayed one. In this fireside chat, Penelope will be interviewed by antitrust litigator (and Hastings alum) Francis O. Scarpulla. Read more

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