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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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07/08/20

Compass Lexecon experts provided analysis in two recent and successful outcomes in consumer class action cases alleging product defects. The first was GM’s class settlement of economic loss claims resulting from recalls of ignition switch assemblies, side airbags, and electronic...

01/27/19

Compass Lexecon Expert Testifies Successfully for Defendants Plaintiffs in In re: Bearings Cases (part of In re Automotive Parts Antitrust Litigation) alleged that manufacturers of steel ball and roller bearings for automotive and industrial use conspired to elevate their prices....

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)...

06/09/17

On June 9, 2017, in an opinion authored by Judge Richard A. Posner, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the grant of summary judgment to Compass Lexecon’s client, OSF HealthCare Systems (d/b/a St. Francis Medical Center), on all claims...

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...

09/30/16

Compass Lexecon client Prudential Insurance Company of America successfully defeated class certification in a matter brought by Plaintiffs representing a putative class of employer-sponsored life insurance beneficiaries. Plaintiffs contended that the method of payment of the life insurance benefits did...

09/26/16

On September 26, 2016, the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of American Express in U.S. et al. v. American Express Co. et al. The Second Circuit reversed and remanded, with instructions to enter judgment in favor...

09/01/16

In September 2016, District Judge Alison J. Nathan granted a motion for partial summary judgment brought by Compass Lexecon’s client Carfax, the leading provider of vehicle history reports (VHRs) in the U.S. The Plaintiffs alleged that Carfax had exclusive dealing...

05/09/16

In May 2016, the U.S. District Court for Central Pennsylvania denied the preliminary injunction sought by the Federal Trade Commission in Federal Trade Commission and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania v. Penn State Hershey Medical Center and PinnacleHealth System. Compass Lexecon Senior...

04/04/16

In April 2016 the Supreme Court of the United States affirmed the judgment of the Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in holding that an order by Maryland’s Public Service Commission (PSC) impermissibly intrudes upon the wholesale electricity market,...

04/04/16

Compass Lexecon Senior Consultant Robert Willig was retained by counsel for Informed Sources (Australia) Pty Ltd., BP Australia Pty Ltd., Caltex Australia Petroleum Pty Ltd., Woolworths Ltd., and 7-Eleven Stores Pty Ltd. (Respondents), to analyze allegations by the Australian Competition...

09/23/15

Compass Lexecon Expert Professor Bobby Willig Testifies Successfully for Defendants; Plaintiffs' Expert Excluded under Daubert In In re: Wellbutrin XL Antitrust Litigation, Compass Lexecon's clients, SmithKline Beecham Corporation d/b/a GlaxoSmithKline and GlaxoSmithKline plc (collectively, "GSK"), prevailed in a major pay-for-delay...

09/30/13

On September 30, 2013 the United States District Court for the District of Maryland found unconstitutional a Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) order directing the state’s electric utilities to enter into long-term contracts that required the utilities to pay PSC-set...

08/09/13

Panel Relies Extensively on Analysis by Compass Lexecon Expert Professor Robert Willig On August 9, the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled unanimously in favor of Compass Lexecon's clients, the four major U.S. railroads, BNSF, CSX,...

03/27/13

On March 27, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of Comcast Corp. in an antitrust class action suit regarding so-called “clustering”— the practice of expanding the geographically contiguous service area of a cable operator by acquiring adjacent cable...

02/14/13

A Compass Lexecon team including Professor Robert Willig, Mary Coleman, Jonathan Bowater, and Maria Stoyadinova assisted Jacqueline Grise and Mark Schechter of Cooley LLP, outside counsel to Bertelsmann, and Harry Robins and Scott Stempel of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP,...

06/29/12

In April 2012, the European Commission cleared Sony’s acquisition of EMI’s music publishing business, subject to conditions. The merger creates the largest business of its kind and reduces the number of so-called global ‘major’ publishing companies from four to three....

06/14/12

In June 2012, the Department of Justice closed with no divestitures its investigation into the proposed joint venture combining CME Group’s Dow Jones index business and McGraw Hill’s Standard & Poor’s index business. The parties retained Compass Lexecon expert, Professor...

02/06/12

On February 6, 2012, JPMorgan Chase reached an agreement with a potential class of debit cardholders who allege that JPMorgan Chase charged excessive overdraft fees on debit cards. Plaintiffs’ claims stem from the bank’s method of posting transactions in a...

12/13/11

Compass Lexecon experts evaluated the impact on consumer welfare of Delta Air Lines’ and US Airways’ swap of landing slots at LaGuardia Airport and Reagan Washington National Airport. Compass Lexecon expert, Professor Robert Willig was retained by Donald Flexner, Jim...

11/16/11

In a case closely watched by the high technology industry, a California jury last week rejected Rambus, Inc.'s nearly $4 billion claim, before trebling, that Micron Technology Inc. and Hynix Semiconductor Inc. conspired to block the marketplace penetration of RDRAM,...

06/22/11

Compass Lexecon experts Professor Robert Willig, Professor Dennis Carlton, and Dr. Hal Sider assisted CME Group in its successful opposition to a proposed regulation that would require the CME Clearinghouse to transfer open interest to a rival exchange’s clearinghouse. ELX,...

06/10/11

On June 10, 2011, the US Department of Transportation (DOT) approved the application of Delta Air Lines and affiliates of the Virgin Blue Group for antitrust immunity which will allow the applicants to form an alliance and coordinate flights between...

07/20/10

On July 20, 2010, the U.S. Department of Transportation issued an order approving “an alliance among five members of ‘oneworld’ – American Airlines, British Airways, Iberia, Finnair, and Royal Jordanian” and granting them “antitrust immunity to implement those agreements.” This...

02/18/10

In 2010, the US Department of Justice and the European Commission approved the proposed agreement between Microsoft and Yahoo! to combine their Internet search and paid search advertising businesses. Compass Lexecon teams were retained by both Yahoo! and Microsoft to...

11/06/09

Jonathan Orszag, Robert Willig, and Loren Poulsen of Compass Lexecon were retained by Rich Rosen and Will Mudge of Arnold & Porter LLP and Randy Smith of Crowell & Moring LLP to advise AT&T on its merger with Centennial. Orszag,...

09/29/09

In this alleged price-fixing class action, a plaintiff class of registered nurses in the Chicago, IL area alleged that defendant hospitals in Chicago conspired to suppress nursing wages. Compass Lexecon expert Bobby Willig, supported by Susan Manning, Elizabeth Wang, Bryan...

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...

08/22/08

Compass Lexecon was retained by both CME Group Inc. and NYMEX Holdings, Inc. in connection with CME’s $8 billion acquisition of NYMEX. The deal combined the two largest US-based futures exchanges. In addition to providing antitrust consulting services to the...

07/28/08

In this price-fixing class action, a plaintiff class of registered nurses in the Albany, NY area alleged that defendant hospitals in Albany conspired to fix nursing wages. Bobby Willig, supported by Meg Guerin-Calvert, Susan Manning, and a Compass Lexecon team...