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Alycia A. Degen

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United States: Antitrust

Civil litigation/class actions

Within: Civil litigation/class actions

Sidley Austin LLP’s strong Chicago practice, which has recently handled cases in sectors such as telecoms, financial services and pharmaceuticals, is complemented by a network of antitrust specialists across the country, including in Washington DC, New York and Los Angeles. In the recent work for AstraZeneca, a cross-office team including joint leader of the global antitrust department John Treece, David Giardina, Courtney Hoffmann and Alycia Degen obtained a major appellate victory for the pharmaceutical company in a complex case spanning antitrust and IP issues relating to the heartburn drug Prilosec. Other clients include SSAB, Microsoft and St. Luke’s Health System. Former assistant chief of the DOJ’s Antitrust Division Peter Huston joined in San Francisco.

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United States: Dispute resolution

Product liability, mass tort and class action: consumer products (including tobacco)

Within: Product liability, mass tort and class action: consumer products (including tobacco)

Sidley Austin LLP’s ‘superb’ practice provides ‘outstanding client orientation’ and is ‘very thorough in analysis and preparation’. Sara Gourley and Maja Eaton share leadership of the practice with Los Angeles-based Debra Pole. Alycia Degen in Los Angeles is acting alongside Elizabeth Chiarello and Kara McCall, who ‘knows what it takes to win’, to represent cosmetic products manufacturer Beiersdorf against a putative class action alleging that the labelling of its Nivea Skin Firming Lotion is false and misleading. McCall and Chiarello are working with ‘excellent class action lawyer’ Robert Scarborough to defend Owens Corning against four putative statewide class actions concerning defects in virtually every aspect of Owens Corning’s Oakridge roofing shingle business. All named lawyers are based in Chicago, except where noted otherwise. Michael Davis retired.

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Product liability, mass tort and class action: pharmaceuticals and medical devices - defense

Within: Product liability, mass tort and class action: pharmaceuticals and medical devices - defense

The ‘result-driven’ group at Sidley Austin LLP is praised as having ‘a deep bench in the pharmaceutical and medical device area’. The practice is led by Debra Pole in Los Angeles, along with Chicago-based Sara Gourley and ‘outstanding trial lawyerMaja Eaton. Gourley and fellow Chicago-based lawyers Craig Knot and Eugene Schoon are representing Grünenthal as lead counsel in over 50 cases brought by plaintiffs alleging injuries resulting from their mothers’ ingestion of thalidomide during pregnancy. A team including Eaton - along with Alycia Degen in Los Angeles, plus Rebecca Wood and Robert Keeling in Washington DC - continues to serve as national counsel to St. Jude Medical in litigation alleging manufacturing and design defects in the client’s Riata ICD Leads, as well as failure to warn; approximately 950 cases have been resolved. Michael Davis retired.

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