Please register for the State Bar's 21st Annual Golden State Antitrust and Unfair Competition Law Institute, which will take place this Thursday, October 27, 2011 at the Westin St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco. I will be attending myself, and I hope to see many of you there. Here is the link to register.
This year's Institute will feature several panels of particular interest to attorneys handling UCL cases in state and federal court. I am particularly looking forward to our special plenary panel on the impact of the U.S. Supreme Court's class-action-related decisions last Term, including Dukes, Concepcion, and Smith v. Bayer. Judge Susan Illston, Elizabeth Cabraser, and our other distinguished panelists will focus on these decisions' impact on UCL and antitrust cases in particular.
We will also have two great breakout panels on the UCL. The first will focus on the UCL's operation in the world of the internet and high-tech, featuring Colin Stretch (in-house counsel at Facebook), Professor Eric Goldman (director of the high-tech institute at Santa Clara University School of Law), Jill Manning of Steyer Lowenthal, and Ashlie Beringer of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher as moderator. The second panel will track the latest UCL developments, with Judge Richard A. Kramer, Will Stern (author of the Rutter Group 17200 practice guide), Pam Parker (plaintiffs' counsel in Kwikset) and Susan Kupfer of Glancy Binkow as moderator.
Here is the complete program schedule:
REGISTRATION AND CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST, 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
WELCOME REMARKS, 9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
- Kimberly A. Kralowec – Section Vice Chair, The Kralowec Law Group
- Daveed A. Schwartz – Section Vice Chair, Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell LLP
PLENARY SESSION #1, 9:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
Recent Developments in Antitrust and Unfair Competition Law
This popular panel returns once again this year. Our dynamic speakers will provide an overview of recent California and federal developments in antitrust and unfair competition law.
- Professor Thomas A. Papageorge, University of San Diego School of Law, Special Prosecutor, San Diego County District Attorney’s Office
- Thomas Greene, Executive Director, Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission
- Professor Jesse W. Markham, University of San Francisco School of Law
PLENARY SESSION #2, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Landmark Class Action Decisions of 2011—Their Impact in Antitrust and UCL Litigation
The panel will break down and analyze the U.S. Supreme Court’s milestone class action decisions of 2011—AT&T Mobility LLC v. Concepcion, Smith v. Bayer Corp., and Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. v. Dukes—with a special focus on their impact on antitrust and UCL litigation in California and across the nation. The panel will consider the reasons for the Supreme Court’s heightened interest in class action cases, the continued vitality of notable past Supreme Court decisions such as Eisen v. Carlisle & Jacquelin, and where these new opinions will lead us.
- Albert J. Boro, Jr., Moderator, General Counsel, SoloPower, Inc.
- Hon. Susan Illston, Judge, United States District Court, Northern District of California
- Aton Arbisser, Kaye Scholer LLP
- Elizabeth J. Cabraser, Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP
- Tracy R. Kirkham, Cooper & Kirkham, P.C.
- Donn P. Pickett, Bingham McCutchen LLP
GOLDEN STATE INSTUTE LUNCHEON, 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Luncheon Speaker: We are honored to have Joseph F. Wayland, Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Civil Enforcement, Antitrust Division, U.S. Department of Justice, speak to us about recent civil enforcement activity.
CONCURRENT PANELS (CHOOSE ONE)
ANTITRUST BREAKOUT #1, 2:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
The Law of Pricing, Including Resale Price Maintenance in California After Leegin
Participants in twenty-first-century commerce face many price-related issues, including bundling, below cost pricing, price discrimination, and resale price maintenance. This panel will use practical examples and hypotheticals to explain legal principles and address some of the more challenging nuances faced by practitioners.
- Elaine F. Foreman, Moderator, Senior Director of Legal Services, Cisco Systems, Inc.
- Jonathan M. Eisenberg, Deputy Attorney General, California Department of Justice
- Penelope A. Preovolos, Morrison & Foerster LLP
- Dr. Lawrence Wu, Senior Vice President, NERA Economic Consulting
- Judith A. Zahid, Zelle Hofmann Voelbel & Mason LLP
UCL BREAKOUT #1, 2:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
The UCL, FAL, and CLRA "Go Viral": Facebook, Google, Apple, Yahoo!, Zynga, and Other High-Tech Cases
California is the undisputed epicenter of a critical mass of social networking sites, search engine companies, and other high-tech corporations, many of whom have been or may become the target of Unfair Competition Law, False Advertising Law, and Consumers Legal Remedies Act class actions in federal and state courts. This panel will discuss key issues, strategic considerations, and cutting-edge trends in the context of such litigation.
- Ashlie Beringer, Moderator, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
- Colin Stretch, Deputy General Counsel, Facebook, Inc.
- Eric Goldman, Associate Professor and Director of the High Tech Law Institute, Santa Clara University School of Law
- Jill Manning, Steyer Lowenthal Boodrookas Alvarez & Smith LLP
CONCURRENT PANELS (CHOOSE ONE)
ANTITRUST BREAKOUT #2, 4:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Trial Complexities in Antitrust Cases following Clayworth: Competing Views of Different Plaintiffs’ Groups and Defendants
This panel will discuss strategic and procedural complexities and opportunities when antitrust claims brought by a class of direct purchasers, by a class of indirect purchasers, direct action plaintiffs (i.e., opt outs) and/or by State Attorneys General are on the brink of trial and the parties and the court are wrestling with how to structure the trial or series of trials.
- Michael F. Tubach, Moderator, O’Melveny & Myers LLP
- Martha Boersch, Jones Day
- Craig C. Corbitt, Zelle Hofmann Voelbel & Mason LLP
- Steven N. Williams, Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy, LLP
UCL BREAKOUT #2, 4:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
“Labels Matter”: Emerging Trends in UCL, FAL, and CLRA False Advertising Litigation
This panel will focus on the impact of recent California Supreme Court and appellate court decisions – including Kwikset, In re Tobacco II, Daugherty v. American Honda Co., Pfizer Inc. v. Superior Court -- on false and misleading advertising class action litigation brought under the Unfair Competition Law, False Advertising Law, and Consumers Legal Remedies Act.
- Susan G. Kupfer, Moderator, Glancy Binkow & Goldberg LLP
- Hon. Richard A. Kramer, Judge, Complex Litigation Department, San Francisco Superior Court
- Pamela M. Parker, Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP
- William L. Stern, Morrison & Foerster LLP
HOSTED COCKTAIL RECEPTION, 5:30-7:00 p.m.
ANTITRUST LAWYER OF THE YEAR AWARD DINNER AND PROGRAM, 7:00-9:30 p.m.