Years: 2011

Century 21 Franchisee Litigation

A class of Century 21 franchisees brought suit against Century 21 and Cendant, claiming they failed to provide Century 21 franchisees with agreed-upon support and advertising services. Plaintiffs’ expert claimed that class members suffered damages from the alleged misconduct of more than $100 million due to alleged reductions in the … Continued

United Health’s Acquisition of XL Health

Jon Orszag and Guillermo Israilevich were retained by Bruce Prager at Latham & Watkins LLP and John Harkrider at Axinn, Veltrop and Harkrider LLP to assist in securing DOJ approval for UnitedHealth Group’s acquisition of XL Health, a privately owned provider of Medicare Advantage plans with a focus on managing … Continued

Amaranth

Compass Lexecon expert Dr. Atanu Saha was retained by Stephen Senderowitz at Winston & Strawn LLP to serve as an expert witness in a class action lawsuit against Amaranth. The Plaintiffs alleged that Amaranth, through their trading of natural gas futures, manipulated natural gas futures prices for select contracts for … Continued

Seagate – Samsung Transaction

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 the U.S. FTC voted unanimously to close their investigation in … Continued

Hayes Lemmerz/Iochpe-Maxion Merger

Janusz Ordover, Jith Jayaratne, and Yair Eilat, supported by a Compass Lexecon team from our Oakland office were retained by Colin Kass and Rhett R. Krulla of Proskauer Rose, and Kenneth B. Schwartz and James A. Keyte of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, to assist in securing FTC approval … Continued

Delta Air Lines – US Airways Slot Swap

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 Denvir and Elliott Seiden at Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP, … Continued

Asda Wal-Mart vs Office of Fair Trading

Following a seven-year investigation, in 2010, the UK Office of Fair Trading (OFT) reached a decision that two tobacco manufacturers and ten retailers had entered into illegal vertical agreements whereby the retailers agreed to set their shelf prices for the two manufacturers’ corresponding brands at fixed relative prices. The OFT … Continued

Datatel – SunGard Higher Education Merger

On December 7, 2011, Datatel and SunGard Higher Education announced that the proposed combination of the two companies cleared Department of Justice review. Datatel and SunGard Higher Education both produce enterprise resource planning (ERP) software for educational institutions worldwide. Professor Dennis Carlton, Bradley Reiff, and Lynette Neumann of Compass Lexecon … Continued

Netflix Wins Summary Judgment in Purchaser Class Antitrust Suit

Professor Janusz Ordover and a Compass Lexecon team led by Doug Fontaine and Assaf Eilat in our Oakland office, were retained by Jonathan Jacobson, Dylan Liddiard, and David Reichenberg at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, counsel for Netflix, and Stephen Morrissey and Genevieve Vose at Susman Godfrey L.L.P., counsel for … Continued