CONFIDENTIAL SETTLEMENTS OF TYING CLAIMS
Antitrust Litigations and Confidential Settlements: Intellectual Property Disputes
Early in his career, Mr. Markham worked as an associate in the antitrust practice of a major international law firm (Coudert Bros., now dissolved). During this period, he principally litigated claims and cross-claims under the Sherman Act in disputes that concerned (1) the alleged misuse of copyrights for computer software; and (2) competition among service-providers for the maintenance of computer hardware and other kinds of office equipment.
Some of these cases were major, prominent antitrust cases that received significant national attention in the early 1990s. One of them was fully tried, and Mr. Markham acted as a junior attorney for the trial team. Before leaving this firm, Mr. Markham was given authority to prepare and litigate a significant antitrust case.
Some of these cases resulted in highly valuable, confidential settlements.
More About Our Antitrust Practice
You can read more about our antitrust practice here, and you might also wish to read the following three articles on antitrust law by Mr. Markham that discuss the essential principles and various doctrines of U.S. antitrust law: An Overview of Antitrust Law, How the Consumer-Welfare Standard Transformed Classical Antitrust Law, Why Antitrust Laws Matter, and Unlawful Price Discrimination: An Obscure Antitrust Offense.
MR. MARKHAM’S ARTICLES ON ANTITRUST LAW
AN OVERVIEW OF ANTITRUST LAW (By William Markham, © 2000)
“Antitrust law is the law of competition and is perhaps the least understood law of all. This article provides an overview and explanation of the essential principles of antitrust law.”
ANTITRUST EXEMPTIONS AND IMMUNITIES (By William Markham, © 2022)
“Over the years, Congress and the federal courts have established various immunities from federal antitrust law, removing from its reach specified commercial activities and even entire lines of commerce.”
HOW THE CONSUMER-WELFARE STANDARD TRANSFORMED CLASSICAL ANTITRUST LAW (William Markham, © 2021)
“Since the late 1970s, antitrust law in the United States has been transformed out of recognition and rendered largely toothless by consumer-welfare jurisprudence….,”
READ MR. MARKHAM’S ARTICLES ON TRIAL PROCEDURE AND CONTRACT LAW
MAKING SENSE OF THE RULES OF EVIDENCE AND PRESENTING YOUR EVIDENCE AT TRIAL (By William Markham, 2011)
“I try in this article simply to set forth a list of simple rules to explain the key points of the law of evidence. I also offer several pointers on organizing evidence in order to present it competently at trial.”
ANATOMY OF A LAWSUIT (By William Markham, © 2007)
“This article is written for non-lawyers, young litigators, and non-litigator attorneys who wish to understand how a lawsuit works in practice from start to finish.”
AN OVERVIEW OF CONTRACT LAW (By William Markham, 2002)
“Contract law lies at the heart of our system of laws and serves as the foundation of our entire society…. Our society depends upon free exchange in the marketplace at every level. Contract law makes this possible.”
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