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Two Watersheds: The New Case Law of Bundles, Rebates and Class Certification

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Two Watersheds: The New Case Law of Bundles, Rebates and Class Certification

 

Sponsored by Empiris LLC & O’Melveny & Myers LLP

 

Thursday, February 4, 2010

8:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Willard InterContinental Washington

The Willard Room

1401 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.

Washington, D.C. 20004

 


 

7:30 a.m.

Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m.

Welcoming Remarks

 

Daniel D. Polsby, Dean & Foundation Professor of Law, George Mason University School of Law 

 

Opening Remarks

 

Jeffrey A. Eisenach, Chairman & Managing Partner, Empiris LLC and Adjunct Professor, George Mason University School of Law 

 

Introduction of Judge Hogan

 

Ian Simmons, Partner, O’Melveny & Myers LLP

 8:45 a.m.

Keynote Address

 

The Honorable Thomas F. Hogan, United States District Judge, United States District Court for the District of Columbia

9:30 a.m.

Panel One | Evaluating Bundling and Share-Based Rebates in High-Tech Industries

 

Moderator

 

Alden F. Abbott, Deputy Director, Office of International Affairs, U.S. Federal Trade Commission and Adjunct Professor, George Mason University School of Law

 

Speakers

 

Thomas Brown, Partner, O'Melveny & Myers LLP

Nicholas S. Economides, Professor of Economics, New York University Leonard N. Stern School of Business

Joseph Kattan, Partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Kevin M. Murphy, George J. Stigler Distinguished Service Professor of Economics, The University of Chicago Booth School of Business

 

 

Our first panel will address one of the hottest topics in contemporary antitrust – the assessment of bundling and share-based rebates in high tech industries.  The antitrust status of discounts applied to sales of bundled products is subject to substantial uncertainty, at least in the United States.  Federal court opinions in this area are in obvious tension, as is scholarly commentary.  

11:00 a.m.

Panel Two | Class Action in the Wake of Monsanto, IPO and Hydrogen Peroxide

 

Moderator

 

Peter C. Thomas, Partner, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

 

Speakers

 

Eric L. Cramer, Shareholder, Berger & Montague, P.C.

Ian Simmons, Partner, O’Melveny & Myers LLP

Hal J. Singer, President & Managing Partner, Empiris LLC and Adjunct Professor, McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University

 Edward A. Snyder, Dean & George Pratt Shultz Professor of Economics, The University of Chicago Booth School of Business

 


 

If the rule of thumb in merger cases once was, to paraphrase Justice Stewart, “the government always wins,” then one might state a similar rule to the effect that “antitrust cases are always certified as class actions” prevailed.  Starting with the Monsanto case in 2005, defendants began to have a fighting chance to defeat class certification.  Although antitrust cases remain amongst the most common cases to be certified, over the last several years key decisions have altered the battlefield.  This panel will discuss the case law, economic analysis of, and strategies behind prosecuting and defending antitrust class certification motions.  

 

General Information

 

Registration

To register for this Event, please download our Registration Brochure and follow the instructions on page 3.

 

Registration Fees

General Admission

$345

Government/Academic

$150

Student

$50

 

Federal Tax ID Number 54-1603842.

W-9 Form

 

CLE

The Symposium has applied for 3.5 VA MCLE credit hours (0.0 ethics).

 

Contact Information

Laura O'Brien, Symposium Editor

George Mason Law Review

3301 Fairfax Drive

Arlington, Virginia 22201-4498

gmusymposium@gmail.com

 

Prior George Mason Law Review Symposia

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