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Janet Netz: Selected Case Studies

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Class Action Cases Against Microsoft

Antitrust, liability, causation, damages, and class certification for plaintiffs

An end-consumer class of individuals and businesses in California sued Microsoft for monopoly overcharges on the Windows operating system, as well as MS Word and MS Excel applications. The case was originally filed in early 1999, nearly a year before Judge Jackson…

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Morelock Enterprises, Inc. v. Weyerhaeuser Co.

Antritust damages for plaintiff

applEcon developed and implemented two methods to calculate the overcharge to purchasers of finished alder lumber, leading the judge to certify a class of direct purchasers and the jury to award the class $28 million.

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NCAA

Antitrust

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (“NCAA”) and its Division I member schools restrict the amount of athletic-based financial aid that student-athletes may receive below the actual cost of attending college.  Suit was brought on behalf of a class of…

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Unocal Damages

Damages Analysis, Antitrust

Unocal influenced California regulators to adopt regulations that, unbeknownst to regulators, conferred monopoly power upon Unocal.  applEcon quantified the resulting overcharges paid by California consumers, which helped class members to win a settlement of $48…

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Unocal Liability

Liability, Antitrust

Unocal influenced California regulators to adopt regulations that, unbeknownst to regulators, conferred monopoly power upon Unocal.  applEcon helped California gasoline consumers to win a settlement of $48 million.

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Datel Holdings Ltd. et al. v. Microsoft Corporation

Antitrust, Liability

Gamers will retain access to aftermarket peripheral devices for Microsoft’s Xbox 360 video game console as a result of a settlement between Microsoft and Datel. Owners of Datel memory units were surprised to find, that a required software patch for Xbox 360 rendered…

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In re: TFT-LCD (Flat Panel) Antitrust Litigation

Antitrust, damages analysis, class certification

applEcon helped a class of U.S. consumers to obtain settlements totaling $1.082 billion from a cartel of manufacturers of liquid crystal display (LCD) panels. LCD panels are flat video displays used in computer monitors, laptop computers, and televisions. The nine…

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CRT Class Certification

Antitrust, damages analysis, class certification

Testimony from Dr. Janet Netz of applEcon assisted purchasers of cathode ray tube (CRT) televisions and computer monitors in obtaining a recommendation for class certification from the Interim Special Master who wrote: “Having undertaken a rigorous analysis of…

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In re: Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) Antitrust Litigation

Antitrust, damages analysis, class certification

Testimony from Dr. Janet Netz of applEcon assisted purchasers of cathode ray tube (CRT) televisions and computer monitors to obtain cash settlements totaling $563 million from seven CRT manufacturers. applEcon supported class counsel throughout the legal process,…

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