Antitrust, UCL and Privacy Section

News from the Section

Thank You!

Thank you to all who attended and participated in the 25th annual Golden State Institute and Antitrust Lawyer of the Year Dinner. We had record attendance at both events. Special thanks to our luncheon speaker California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye, to Judge Susan Illston for moderating the GSI 25th Anniversary Retrospective and Prospective Views on CA Antitrust and Unfair Competition Law, and to Judges Christina Snyder, Jon Tigar and William Orrick III for participating in Judges Panel.

Congratulations again to Craig Corbitt, our 2015 Antitrust Lawyer of the year.

Paul Riehle
Chair, Antitrust, Unfair Competition and Privacy Law Section

Webinar: Cartel Economics 101

Tuesday, December 8, 2015, 2 p.m. - 3 p.m.

This program offers one hour participatory MCLE credit. You must register in advance in order to participate.

This webinar will explore the basic economic concepts involved in price-fixing cartels. Our panel of experienced economists and attorneys will discuss the economic forces that drive cartel behavior and how the analyses of those forces are employed in antitrust litigation.

Moderator: Lee Berger, Paul Hastings LLP


  • Rachel Brass, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
  • Brendan Glackin, Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein
  • Justine S. Hastings, Ph.D, Brown University
  • Dov Rothman, Ph.D., Analysis Group

Ninth Circuit Affirms District Court’s Judgment that NCAA Violated Section 1 of the Sherman Act, Rejects Payments to Athletes

Gabe Zeldin
Steyer Lowenthal Boodrookas Alvarez & Smith LLP

On September 30, 2015, the Ninth Circuit issued a split decision in O’Bannon v. NCAA, ___ F.3d ___, 2015 WL 5712106 (9th Cir. 2015), holding that the National Collegiate Athletic Association (“NCAA”) violated Section 1 of the Sherman Act by prohibiting current and former FBS football and Division I men’s basketball players from receiving compensation for the use of their names, images and likenesses (“NILs”). READ MORE

Sutter Health Loses Appeal to Arbitrate Cartwright Act and UCL Claims

Elizabeth C. Pritzker
Pritzker Levine LLP

On October 27, 2015, the California Court of Appeals for the First Appellate District affirmed a trial court order denying a motion by Sutter Health to compel a union’s benefits trust to arbitrate a class action under the Cartwright Act and Unfair Competition Law alleging that Sutter engaged in anti-competitive behavior that increased health costs for thousands of workers. UFCW and Employers Benefit Trust v. Sutter Health (2015) ___ Cal.App.4th ___ (2015).

United Food and Commercial Workers & Employers Benefit Trust (UEBT) filed a putative class action on behalf of itself and a class of all other California self-funded payors who have paid Sutter, claiming that the terms of provider contracts Sutter enters with network vendors violate the Cartwright Act and the UCL, causing class members to overpay for Sutter’s services. READ MORE.

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

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Contact Us

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