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Compass Lexecon has been involved in many of the largest and most complex antitrust litigation and financial market cases over the past 30 years.

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01/21/20

On January 20, 2020, the Court of Appeal of the State of California unanimously affirmed the trial court’s grant of Summary Judgment in favor of Defendant Hearst Corporation (owner of the San Francisco Chronicle), rejecting Plaintiff San Francisco Print Media’s...

10/02/17

On October 2, 2017, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a District Court order granting summary judgment for DuPont in this antitrust case brought by Valspar, which involved allegations of price fixing in the sale of titanium dioxide (TiO2)...

05/01/17

In May 2017, the State of Illinois reached a tentative settlement agreement with the last remaining Defendant in the last remaining proceeding in the multidistrict TFT-LCD price-fixing antitrust litigation. This capped roughly ten years of Compass Lexecon involvement, from the...

04/01/17

Over the course of the past two years, a Compass Lexecon team led by Mark Israel, Dan Rubinfeld and Glenn Woroch filed several white papers and declarations in an FCC proceeding that explored whether and how to deregulate “Business Data...

02/23/16

Compass Lexecon Senior Consultant Professor Daniel Rubinfeld and Compass Lexecon economists assisted Dell in securing regulatory approval of its acquisition of EMC for $67 billion. Compass Lexecon and Professor Rubinfeld were retained by the parties to analyze potential competitive effects...

06/24/13

On June 24, 2013, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the European Commission (EC) cleared the proposed acquisition of joint control over Virgin Atlantic by Delta (replacing Singapore Airlines as a 49% minority shareholder) and Virgin Group (retaining its...

09/21/12

In September 2012, the European Commission cleared Universal’s acquisition of EMI’s recorded music business, subject to conditions. The merger brought together two of the four so-called global ‘major’ record companies, leaving only three majors. The clearance was made conditional upon...

12/13/11

Seagate’s acquisition of Samsung’s Hard Disk Drive (HDD) business closed in December 2011 after announcements by several regulatory authorities that their investigations closed without any determination that the transaction would harm competition. The European Commission announcement occurred in October, and...

10/21/11

In October 2011, the Department of Justice cleared, with some required divestitures, the acquisition by Grupo Bimbo of Sara Lee Corp.’s North American bakery business. The Compass Lexecon team, led by expert Professor Daniel Rubinfeld, was supported by Chris Cavanagh,...

03/09/11

Jarra Creek was the lead plaintiff for a class of purchasers of corrugated fiberboard products (“CFP”) who filed suit in the Federal Court of Australia in 2006 alleging a price fixing and customer allocation agreement between the two largest CFP...

02/17/11

We were retained in this case by Gerson Zwifach and Paul Gaffney of Williams & Connolly LLP on behalf of their client, MedImmune. The case involved a suit by MedImmune against PDL claiming that it was overcharged and seeking recoupment...

01/13/11

In January 2011, the U.S. District Court (Southern District of Florida) granted summary judgment in favor of Compass Lexecon’s client, Nielsen, on Sunbeam’s antitrust claims. Sunbeam, operator of the FOX television affiliate in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale area, alleged that Nielsen,...

05/27/10

Professor Daniel Rubinfeld led a Compass Lexecon team working on behalf of Google in connection with its proposed acquisition of mobile-advertising network AdMob. Professor Rubinfeld was supported by Jim Ratliff and Sarah Bartlett in the Oakland office. We submitted white...

03/27/10

Compass Lexecon experts, Professors Dennis Carlton and Daniel Rubinfeld were retained by Katherine Forrest, of Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP (now at the DOJ) and Paul Yde of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP to advise United Airlines and Continental Airlines on...

08/30/09

In August 2009, U.S. District Court Judge Robert T. Dawson ruled in favor of Compass Lexecon’s client CHEP USA by denying plaintiffs’ motion for class certification in a suit alleging that CHEP violated Sherman Act Section 2 through its alleged...

02/04/09

The plaintiff in this case, Flagship Theatres, alleged collusion between Century Theatres and film distributors, Sony Pictures Releasing Corporation and Universal Film Exchanges LLP, in the distribution of first-run feature films in Palm Desert, CA. Dan Rubinfeld, supported by Duncan...

10/29/08

Compass Lexecon was retained by both Delta Air Lines and Northwest Airlines in connection with their proposed merger to become the world’s largest airline. Bobby Willig, Dan Rubinfeld, Jon Orszag, Theresa Sullivan, Steve Peterson, and Bryan Keating, along with others...

05/05/08

Dan Rubinfeld, Duncan Cameron, Lacey Plache and a Compass Lexecon team in Los Angeles performed various economic analyses to assist counsel in demonstrating that the merger between Universal Music Group and Univision Music Group would not harm competition. Counsel noted...

03/27/08

Indirect purchasers of Schering-Plough’s potassium chloride drug, K-Dur, sued Schering-Plough Corporation, Upsher-Smith Laboratories, Inc., and Wyeth, alleging that patent settlement agreements between Schering-Plough and the generic manufacturers harmed consumers by delaying entry of generic versions of K-Dur. Dan Rubinfeld, supported...

12/10/07

Compass Lexecon was retained by Helene Jaffe and Fiona Schaeffer of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP on behalf of their client Houghton Mifflin which sought to acquire Harcourt Education, in a merger that would create the nation’s largest K-12 educational...

11/27/07

Dan Rubinfeld, Glenn Mitchell and a Compass Lexecon team in Los Angeles provided economic analysis for Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company, owners of the A&P supermarket chain, in its acquisition of Pathmark, a competing supermarket chain. The A&P and...