Josh Palmer, PhD: Selected Case Studies
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…
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.
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…
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…
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.
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,…