"Attacking Class Certification Motions," Los Angeles Daily Journal (December 15, 2009). Co-Authors: Michael L. Cypers and Joshua Stokes.
"Changing Perspectives on Chemical Product Risks," The John Liner Review, Vol. 23, No. 3 (Fall 2009). Co-Authors: Monica M. Welt and Elizabeth Anderson.
Crowell & Moring LLP Los Angeles office Litigation Group chair Michael L. Cypers and Antitrust Group counsel Joshua Stokes write about future litigation in the area of class certification motions and highlight two recent Court of Appeal decisions that provide promising approaches for Unfair Competition Law (UCL) defendants to utilize when attacking broad class certification motions.
"Justice Department and Private Plaintiffs Take Aim At Capper-Volstead Act’s Protections for Agriculture," BNA's Antitrust & Trade Regulation Report (November 2009). Co-Authors: Christopher E. Ondeck and Kathleen Clair.
Crowell & Moring LLP Torts Group counsel Monica M. Welt writes about how scientific advancements in chemical detection have had an impact on current toxic tort litigation.
Antitrust Special Report: "In Hard Times, Companies Look to Joint Ventures," The National Law Journal (November 2, 2009). Co-Authors: Robert A. Lipstein, Wm. Randolph Smith and Shawn R. Johnson.
Crowell & Moring LLP Antitrust Group vice-chair and partner Christopher E. Ondeck and associate Kathleen Clair write about the Capper-Volstead Act enacted by Congress in 1922. The Act gives “associations” of persons producing agricultural products certain exemptions from antitrust laws. Today the Act faces tough government and litigant scrutiny that may affect protections normally provided to cooperatives.
Crowell & Moring LLP Antitrust Group co-chairmen Robert A. Lipstein and Wm. Randolph Smith, along with counsel Shawn R. Johnson, write about the antitrust risks faced by companies as they respond to extraordinary economic pressures to reduce costs and increase efficiency in order to boost the bottom line. The article discusses alternatives available to companies seeking to reduce their operating costs to match today's lower demand levels, and examine the current regulatory climate for such competitor collaborations.