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Previous Unfair Competition Cases

Our lawyers have represented clients in the following unfair competition cases:

UFCW & Employers Benefit Trust v. Sutter Health
Pillsbury & Coleman LLP currently represents self-insured businesses and employee welfare funds in antitrust and unfair competition claims against a large, dominant healthcare conglomerate that is alleged to use its market power to illegally prevent price competition and improperly inflate healthcare costs in Northern California. Treble damages are expected to exceed 1 billion dollars.

Antitrust Litigation Against Microsoft
Multiple cases on behalf of Microsoft's software licensees and a separate case on behalf of a competitor for unlawful restraint of trade and unfair competition in the operating system and key business software markets.

  • Microsoft Cases 1-V: Co-Lead counsel on behalf of Microsoft's business and consumer licensees in California.

    Result: $1.1 billion settlement.
  • San Francisco v. Microsoft: Co-Lead counsel on behalf of Microsoft's government entity licensees in California.

    Result: $70 million settlement.
  • Gordon v. Microsoft: Co-counsel on behalf of Microsoft's business and consumer licensees in Minnesota.

    Result: $182 million settlement after 6 weeks of trial.
  • Sun Microsystems v. Microsoft: Co-counsel on behalf of Sun Microsystems.

    Result: $1.95 billion settlement

Chinese Hospital v. California Pacific Medical Group: Represented Chinese Hospital in antitrust and unfair competition claims arising out of exclusionary practices in the San Francisco health care market that threatened the future economic viability of the hospital, its medical group and its health plan -- and hindered their ability to serve the surrounding ethnic community.

Result: Settlement forbidding exclusionary practices and providing client with all requested relief.

Visa USA Indirect Purchaser Antitrust Cases: Co-counsel for Visa in defense of consumer class action cases in numerous states alleging anti-competitive practices in the credit card and debit card markets.

Result: Nearly all antitrust claims resolved in favor of Visa through court dismissal or summary judgment. Remaining cases resolved through settlement.

St. Luke's Hospital v. Cal. Pacific Medical Ctr. and Sutter Health: Represented St. Luke's Hospital in an antitrust claim arising out of exclusionary agreements that unreasonably restrained trade and threatened the client's future economic viability.

Result: Settlement that required a multi-million dollar cash infusion and a future affiliation to preserve the client as the primary source of hospital services for the surrounding community and its disadvantaged residents.