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Litigation; Antitrust and Competition
Holly House is an Antitrust and Competition partner in the Litigation Department of Paul Hastings. Her practice focuses on antitrust and trade regulation matters as well as intellectual property disputes. Ms. House has successfully represented premier clients as both plaintiffs and defendants in myriad types of complex commercial and class action disputes, including at several notable trials. Ms. House is the past chair of the California State Bar’s Antitrust and Unfair Competition Law Section. She has been named one of the "Top 250 Women in Litigation" and a "Local Litigation Star" in the inaugural 2013 edition of Benchmark Litigation, "Top 75 California Women Litigators” by the Daily Journal in 2010 and 2011, one of the Best Lawyers in America since 2005, one of the top 50 women lawyers in Northern California in 2011 and 2012, and a Northern California “Super Lawyer” since this peer award was first offered. Ms. House has also repeatedly been named one of the top antitrust lawyers in the United States by Chambers USA, where sources single her out as “a reliable and responsive, business-savvy practitioner” and "a long-standing, diligent antitrust attorney -- she commands great respect."
- Leading defense team for LG Display in TFT-LCD Flat Panel Screens MDL in the Northern District of California. - Led the damages effort and on trial team for Oracle Corporation that yielded a $1.3 billion verdict against SAP AG, SAP America and TomorrowNow for improper infringement and misuse of Oracle’s proprietary service and support software; this was the largest jury verdict of 2010 and the largest copyright verdict ever. - Represented IKON Office Solutions in antitrust actions brought by independent servicer competitors who are complaining about IKON’s leasing practices and pursuing single-brand aftermarket domination claims. - Assisted in defense of Intel Corporation in civil purported antitrust class actions related to Intel’s and other Silicon Valley companies’ hiring practices Was on team representing Anadarko Petroleum in connection with Louisiana oil spill litigation against BP - Represented SanDisk Corp. in antitrust litigation in EDVA “rocket docket” seeking determination that MPEG patent pool was anti-competitive - Defended luxury goods conglomerate LVMH Moet Hennessy – Louis Vuitton and international trading giant Mitsui Co. Ltd. (and its subsidiaries) in complex multidistrict price-fixing litigations involving prestige cosmetics and the food additive methionine Key member of team that represented Oracle Corporation in California state action brought by PeopleSoft in connection with PeopleSoft’s efforts to avoid acquisition by Oracle - Member of team which represented California Department of Water Resources (DWR) in dispute with energy supplier Sempra stemming from the California energy crisis; arbitration panel awarded $75 million to DWR in the first phase of the dispute Lead counsel for high-tech storage company Adaptec Inc. in dispute with company it had acquired yielding client $53+ million arbitration result Part of teams which represented electronic payment company First Data Corporation in actions brought by DOJ to block acquisition of Concord and investigating practices of subsidiary Western Union - Secured $50 million settlement for national real estate developer suing Indian tribe over casino development - Represented Covad Communications in its successful battles to compete in the dynamic broadband market, including $30 million arbitration result against SBC Communications - Defended National Football League in a heated dispute with Oakland Raiders involving intellectual property, contract, derivative and other claims summary; adjudication for NFL granted - Defended Eastman Kodak in all stages of ITS v. Kodak, a groundbreaking antitrust suit brought by independent service organizations regarding access to service parts that included several appeals (including to the U.S. Supreme Court) and a jury trial Represented Frito-Lay Inc. against suit brought by California Attorney General under Proposition 65
Adviser, State Bar of California’s Antitrust and Unfair Competition Section (2005–present) Chair of Executive Committee, State Bar of California’s Antitrust and Unfair Competition Section (2004–2005) First vice chair, vice chair (Golden State Institute), secretary-treasurer and editor of Competition, Executive Committee, State Bar of California’s Antitrust and Unfair Competition Section (past) ABA Antitrust Section
Ms. House received her J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1988 and her B.A. from Smith College, magna cum laude, in 1984.
United States: Antitrust
Civil litigation/class actions
Within: Civil litigation/class actions
At Paul Hastings LLP, ‘matters are handled strategically and effectively with the understanding that the lawyers know how to try cases and will do so if needed’. Following a successful trial defense of Dow, as co-lead counsel, in an MDL alleging price-fixing between polyether urethane producers, Jeremy Evans is now handling the appeal. On the merger clearance side, Holly House secured court approval for the settlement of a class action arising from the DOJ’s challenge to the Twin America merger. Korean Airlines and eBay are also clients. Former practice chair Michael Cohen left for Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP, while IP and antitrust expert Blair Jacobs joined from McDermott Will & Emery LLP. The team is mostly split across the San Francisco and Washington DC offices.