- J.D., Columbia University, 2005, Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, Executive Editor, Columbia Journal of Environmental Law, Board Member, Columbia Environmental Law Society
- B.A., University of California, Los Angeles, 2002
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
Leo Caseria is a partner in the Antitrust & Trade Regulation practice group in the Los Angeles office of Sheppard Mullin.
Areas of Practice
Mr. Caseria’s practice focuses on antitrust and competition matters. He advises companies on antitrust issues relating to a broad spectrum of business activities. He has represented global companies in connection with antitrust and competition matters relating to standard setting and intellectual property. He has analyzed competition issues in many different industries, including consumer electronics and automotive parts.
Mr. Caseria’s litigation experience includes defending companies against allegations of price-fixing or participation in other types of anticompetitive conspiracies. He also defends companies against allegations of monopolization or exclusionary conduct. He frequently defends companies in a class action or multidistrict litigation context. He has authored articles and counseled on the inclusion of class action waivers in arbitration agreements. Mr. Caseria has also represented plaintiffs in competition cases and advised clients that are considering bringing competition claims. His litigation experience also includes disputes involving unfair competition, business interference and trade secrets.
In addition to antitrust counseling and litigation, Mr. Caseria has also represented clients involved in antitrust investigations by government agencies. His experience includes both civil and criminal government antitrust investigations. Many of the matters Mr. Caseria has worked on are international in scope.
Mr. Caseria is active in the American Bar Association's Section of Antitrust Law, where he is currently Vice Chair of the Section’s Books and Treatises Committee. Mr. Caseria has contributed to Section handbooks, newsletters, and other publications, and has also authored articles for SCOTUSblog and the New York Law Journal.
Representing Samsung SDI against price-fixing claims involving cathode ray tubes (CRT). In re Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) Antitrust Litig., MDL. No. 1917 (N.D. Cal.)
Representing Samsung SDI against multi-billion dollar price-fixing claim brought by Motorola. Claims dismissed just before trial; currently on appeal in the Seventh Circuit. Motorola Mobility LLC v. AU Optronics Corporation, 09-cv-6610 (N.D. Ill.)
Representing Samsung SDI against price-fixing claims involving thin film transistor liquid crystal display products. In re TFT-LCD (FLAT PANEL) Antitrust Litigation, MDL. No 1827 (N.D. Cal.)
Representing Samsung Electronics in global patent and standards related antitrust governmental proceedings.
Represented Diamond Electric in international price-fixing investigation in the automotive sector.
Represented Samsung Electronics against multi-billion dollar group boycott claim brought by Rambus under California’s Cartwright Act concerning a certain type of DRAM. Rambus Inc. v. Micron Technology Inc., 04-0431105 (San Francisco Superior Court)
Represented Samsung against federal and state antitrust claims brought by direct and indirect purchasers of SRAM alleging horizontal conspiracy to exchange information for the purpose of fixing prices. In re SRAM Antitrust Litigation, MDL No. 1819 (N.D. Cal.)
Represented Live Nation and Clear Channel against Sherman Act § 2 monopolization claims brought by a purported class of purchasers of rock concert tickets. In re Live Concert Antitrust Litigation, MDL No. 1745 (C.D. Cal.)
Represented Philip Morris against Sherman Act § 1 challenge to the $246 billion dollar Master Settlement Agreement between leading tobacco companies and 46 states. Contributed to successful U.S. Supreme Court brief in opposition to petition for certiorari following favorable ruling by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in Sanders v. Brown, 540 F.3d 903 (9th Cir. 2007).
- "Opinion analysis: A class action waiver in an arbitration agreement will be strictly enforced under the Federal Arbitration Act," SCOTUSblog, June 21, 2013
- "Argument recap: Can arbitration agreements with class action waivers survive in the face of the effective vindication doctrine?" SCOTUSblog, March 4, 2013
- "Argument preview: Under what circumstances are arbitration agreements with class action waivers enforceable?" SCOTUSblog, February 22, 2013
- "Challenge to Alleged Restraints on Baseball and Hockey Programming Survive Motion to Dismiss," Sports Litigation Alert, December 28, 2012
- "Using Prior Expert Testimony Requires Extra Effort," New York Law Journal, July 18, 2011
Antitrust Law Blog Posts
- "SD3 v. Black & Decker (U.S.), Inc. – District Judge Axes Complaint Alleging Table Saw Safety Standards Conspiracy," August 4, 2014
- "Dang v. San Francisco Forty Niners - Consumers can challenge Reebok's exclusive NFL apparel deal based just on a market of garments bearing NFL team logos," August 7, 2013
- "American Express Co. v. Italian Colors Restaurant: A class action waiver in an arbitration agreement will be strictly enforced under the Federal Arbitration Act," June 25, 2013
- "Challenge To Alleged Restraints On Baseball And Hockey Programming Survive Motion To Dismiss And Advance To The Next Round Of Litigation," December 19, 2012
- "Supreme Court Will Now Hear Two Appeals Concerning Class Arbitration," December 14, 2012
- "Supreme Court to Address Enforceability of Arbitration Agreements and Class Action Waivers Yet Again," November 19, 2012
- "In re American Express Merchants' Litigation - Plaintiffs Survive Three Rounds In The Second Circuit, But Can They Survive The Supreme Court?" February 7, 2012
- "Wal-Mart v. Dukes: Implications For Antitrust Class Actions," July 11, 2011
- "AT&T Mobility LLC v. Concepcion - What Does It Mean For Class Arbitration And Class Actions In Federal Antitrust Cases?", May 13, 2011
- "Blue Skies For Continental Airlines In Bid To Join Star Alliance", August 12, 2009
- "Plaintiffs Granted Leave to Amend Complaint Alleging Monopolization of Grapes Under Walker Process Theory", April 13, 2009
- "Complaint Alleging Conspiracy to Fix LTL Freight Fuel Surcharges Dismissed", March 6, 2009
- Editor, ABA Section of Antitrust Law, Handbook on Sports and Antitrust Law, 2014
- Contributor, ABA Section of Antitrust Law, Joint Conduct Committee E-Bulletin, Spring 2013
- Contributor, ABA Section of Antitrust Law, 2012 Annual Review of Antitrust Law Developments, 2013
- Senior Editor, ABA Section of Antitrust Law, Handbook on Multijurisdictional Competition Law Investigations, 2010
- State Bar of California, Antitrust and Unfair Competition Law Section
- Vice-Chair, Books and Treatises Committee of the ABA Section of Antitrust Law