Antitrust, UCL and Privacy Section

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Registration Is Open for the 2015 Golden State Institute

October 29, 2015
The Julia Morgan Ballroom
Merchant Exchange Bldg., 15th Floor
465 California Street
San Francisco, CA

Earn 7 Hours MCLE Credit

You can now REGISTER ONLINE for the program. Online registration will close when the pre-registration deadline has passed.

At the luncheon there will be a Q&A with California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye.

The Honorable Susan Illston is confirmed to moderate the panel GSI 25th Anniversary Retrospective and Prospective Views on CA Antitrust and Unfair Competition Law. A panel of preeminent plaintiffs' lawyers and defense counsel will discuss the major changes in California antitrust law and the UCL over the last 25 years and what the panelists prognosticate for the future.

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Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye

A distinguished group of federal judges will also discuss trial proceedings in antitrust and complex commercial litigation.  The focus will be their “real world” experiences and practice pointers. 

Confirmed Panelists:

  • Hon. William Orrick III
    United States District Court Judge for the Northern District of California -- San Francisco, CA
  • Hon. Christina Snyder
    United States District Judge for the Central District of California -- Los Angeles, CA
  • Hon. Jon S. Tigar
    United States District Judge for the Northern District of California -- San Francisco, CA

At the awards dinner, we will honor as our Antitrust Lawyer of the Year Craig C. Corbitt, who has been centrally involved in dozens of the most significant civil antitrust cases in the United States during his 35 year career.

State Bar of California Annual Meeting

My Annual MeetingThe State Bar of California 88th Annual Meeting
October 8-11, 2015
Anaheim, California

The State Bar of California returns to sunny Anaheim for the 2015 Annual Meeting. The Annual Meeting is a multiday showcase of continuing legal education courses, celebrity speakers, and noted legal scholars. Each day gives you several choices of courses and special events.

The Annual Meeting registration fee is structured to make it more affordable to attend. You can select either a Full Meeting Pass or a 2-Day Pass. Special fees are available for Young Lawyers and New Admittees. September 14 is the deadline for the lowest fee.

More than 100 programs are planned for the Annual Meeting, including these from the Antitrust, UCL and Privacy Section:

Program 58

Antitrust, Privacy and Unfair Competition Law 101

Program 69

Risky Business: Privacy Law in the Digital Age

Program 80

Insights from the Battlefield: Advanced Trial and Class Action Practice

For more information, see The State Bar of California Annual Meeting.

Ninth Circuit Affirms Finding that NCAA Rules are Anticompetitive and Upholds One Alternative Provided by District Court While Striking Down Second Alternative

By Steve Williams
Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy, LLP

On September 30, 2015, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in O'Bannon v. National Collegiate Athletic Association, ___ F.3d. ____, 2015 U.S. App. LEXIS 17193 (9th Cir. 2015) affirmed that the NCAA is subject to antitrust scrutiny and that under a Rule of Reason analysis, the NCAA's rules prohibiting member schools from covering the full cost of attendance for student-athletes were anticompetitive because they "fixed" the price that recruits pay to attend college. The Ninth Circuit held that the District Court had identified a legitimate less restrictive alternative to the NCAA's rules, i.e., permitting member schools to give scholarships up to the full cost of attendance, but that the District Court's other alternative allowing students to be paid up to $5,000 per year was erroneous. The O'Bannon trial will be featured at this year's GSI, and the Ninth Circuit's decision will be given a more extensive analysis in the November e-brief. READ MORE

Ninth Circuit Rules That Differences In Damage Calculations Do Not Defeat Class Certification Even After Comcast

By Elizabeth C. Pritzker
Pritzker Levine LLP

On September 21, 2015, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in Pulaski and Middlemen, LLC v. Google, Inc., ___ F.3d __, 2015 WL 5515617 (9th Cir. 2015), held that individualized damage calculations will not defeat class certification in cases brought under the California Unfair Competition Law and False Advertising Law. This is an important decision for class action practitioners, because it clarifies the Ninth Circuit rule, as articulated in Yokoyama v. Midland National Life Ins. Co., 594 F.3d 1087, 1094 (9th Cir. 2010), that mere differences in damages calculations among putative class members are not sufficient to defeat class certification. READ MORE

California Attorney General Opinion 15-402 Establishes Standard for Active State Supervision and State Action Immunity Defense

By Steve Williams
Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy, LLP

In Opinion of Kamala D. Harris No. 15-402 (September 10, 2015). the California Attorney General answered the question presented by the Hon. Jerry Hill "What constitutes 'active state supervision' of a state licensing board for purposes of the state action immunity doctrine in antitrust actions, and what measures might be taken to guard against antitrust liability for board members?" 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

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

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