Antitrust, UCL and Privacy Section

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Apply for the Executive Committee of the Antitrust, UCL and Privacy Section

The Executive Committee of the Antitrust, Unfair Competition Law and Privacy Section invites Section members interested in serving on the Committee to apply for a three-year term beginning on September 22, 2017.

The Section has long been recognized as the leading state organization for antitrust lawyers, and we have provided a forum for those interested in California unfair competition law for many years. The Section is now the State Bar’s primary group for the rapidly developing field of privacy law. Executive Committee members are responsible for the annual Golden State Antitrust Institute, our section journal, Competition, regular webinars and ebriefs on subjects of interest, and other educational programs. We also select an Antitrust Lawyer of the Year, who is honored at the Golden State Antitrust Institute. Current committee members come from state and federal enforcement agencies and the private plaintiff and defense bar. The Section is a unique collection of government, in-house, large firm, and small firm lawyers practicing antitrust, unfair competition, and privacy law. 

The Executive Committee meets every month by telephone, and meets in person at the State Bar Convention and other times during the year. Committee members contribute to our publications and programs and participate in the regular meetings. The time required for effective service on the Committee varies, but averages 3-5 hours per month.

Applications are due by Februay 8, 2017. The application form and information on applying can be found here http://cc.calbar.ca.gov/.

The Antitrust, UCL and Privacy Section of the State Bar of California Is Pleased to honor Paul R. Griffin as the 2016 Antitrust Lawyer of the Year

Paul GriffinThe award was given at the 2016 Golden State Institute, Thursday, November 3, 2016, in San Francisco.

Paul Griffin, a “San Francisco Tier 1 antitrust lawyer,” according to U. S. News & World Report, is a partner in Winston & Strawn’s San Francisco office.  Paul is part of the Winston antitrust group which was awarded “2015 Team of the Year” in Cartel Defense by The Legal 500 and is “Highly Recommended” by Global Competition Review.  Before joining Winston where he has served as global antitrust Co-Chair, he served as Chair and Vice Chair of the antitrust practices at the Pillsbury and Thelen firms, respectively.

For more information, see Antitrust Lawyer of the Year.

Seventh Circuit Affirms Certification of Containerboard Purchaser Class

On August 4, 2016, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit affirmed a district court decision certifying a nationwide class of purchasers of containerboard who alleged that producers and sellers of containerboard colluded to agree on prices, both directly and through mechanisms such as output restrictions.  Kleen Prods. LLC v. Int’l Paper Co., 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 14282 (7th Circuit August 4, 2016). Read more.

Class Certified in Delta Air/AirTran Baggage Antitrust Litigation

On July 12, 2016, U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Batten granted class certification status to consumers in a multidistrict antitrust action alleging that Delta Airlines and AirTran colluded to implement fees for passengers’ first checked bags.  The case, In Re Delta/AirTran Baggage Fee Antitrust Litigation, Case No. 1:09-md-2089-TCB, is pending in the Northern District of Georgia, Atlanta Division. Read more.

FTC Takes LABMD To Task For Inadequate Computer Security Practices in Violation of Section 5(n)

In a unanimous opinion, the Federal Trade Commission ruled that an Administrative Law Judge erred when he concluded that the FTC failed to prove that LabMD, a Georgia-based clinical testing laboratory, had engaged in an “unfair or deceptive trade practice” based on inadequate computer security for records containing protected health information (PHI) and sensitive personally identifiable information (PII).  In re LabMD (Opinion of Commission), FTC No. 9357 (F.T.C. July 29, 2016). Read more.

Thank You for Being a Section Member - Here's 6 Hours MCLE in Legal Ethics!

We're very grateful for your membership in the Section. As a token of that, we're offering six hours of self-study MCLE credit in the area of Legal Ethics. The programs are posted in our Member's Only Area.

Simply watch the programs and read the accompanying materials, and keep track of having done so. You can report this to the State Bar when it's time to demonstrate your compliance with the MCLE requirements.

California Antitrust and Unfair Competition Law, Revised Edition

California Antitrust and Unfair Competition Law, Revised EditionCheryl Lee Johnson, Editor-in-Chief

Gain authoritative understanding of California antitrust and unfair competition statutes, policies and issues with one-volume convenience. This treatise brings you up to speed on everything from horizontal combinations and vertical restraints to public enforcement of California antitrust laws and trial considerations.

You get full coverage of The Cartwright Act along with related California consumer and unfair competition laws, and how they apply to the health industry, regulated industries, the labor market, electronic media, the internet and other fields. Additionally, there are chapters covering damages, defenses to liability including exemptions and immunities, injunctive relief, class actions, attorney’s fees and costs, insurance issues, and much more. This publication includes contributions from over 120 highly experienced antitrust practitioners in both the private and government sectors, as well as the executive members of the Antitrust, UCL and Privacy Section of the California State Bar.

$260, 1 volume, loose-leaf, updated annually, Pub. #01577, ISBN 9780769856896

To order, call 800-223-1940 or visit the LexisNexis Store.

Contact Us

Antitrust & Unfair Competition Section
The State Bar of California
180 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94105-1639
415-538-2554
415-538-2368 fax