CONSTANTINE CANNON NEWS 2009

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December 17, 2009
Constantine Cannon partner Alysia Solow was the Moderator of the panel “Cross Border E-Discovery: Managing the Risks and Challenges,” sponsored by Women in E-Discovery.


December 8, 2009
Retailers receive $1.1 billion in payments from landmark debit card lawsuit settlement

On December 8, 2009, Constantine Cannon announced the payment of approximately $1.1 billion to U.S. retailers as part of the final large scale distribution of settlements funds in the 2003 class action lawsuit against Visa and MasterCard over their signature debit cards. These disbursements, which accelerated payments that were originally to be made through 2012, will bring relief to retailers during a difficult holiday season. The checks were sent to over 630,000 merchants, the vast majority of which are small businesses. The checks were also sent to cash-strapped charities, schools and state governments.

Given the size of the distribution and its importance to retailers, the payments made big news around the world. The firm’s successful effort to negotiate an accelerated payment schedule and distribute the funds was noted in media outlets that include a television segment on CNBC (click here)
as well as reports in the Associated Press (click here), The Seattle Times (click here) and The Am Law Litigation Daily (click here).


December 8, 2009
In re Visa Check/Mastermoney Antitrust Litigation:

  • U.S. RETAILERS RECEIVE $1.1 BILLION PAYMENT IN LANDMARK VISA/MASTERCARD ANTITRUST CASE:
    click here.

December 3, 2009
In re Visa Check/Mastermoney Antitrust Litigation:

  • Lead Counsel’s letter to the Court advising it of its plan to proceed with the distribution of residual funds:
    click here.

December 2, 2009
In re Visa Check/Mastermoney Antitrust Litigation:

  • Order authorizing interest payments to later paid class members in accord with Lead Counsel’s proposal:
    click here.

November 24, 2009
WAMC Northeast Public Radio Speakers Corner. Alan Chartock … In conversation with Lloyd Constantine to discuss his new book Priceless.” To listen to the discussion click here.


November 24, 2009
In re Visa Check/Mastermoney Antitrust Litigation:

  • Lead Counsel’s response to the objection regarding Lead Counsel’s proposal to make interest payments to later paid class members:
    click here.

November 20, 2009
In re Visa Check/Mastermoney Antitrust Litigation:

  • Lead Counsel’s letter providing additional information regarding its proposal to make interest payments to later paid Class Members:
    click here.
  • Objection to Lead Counsel’s Proposal to Make Interest Payments to Later Paid Class Members:
    click here.
  • Order Denying Wells Fargo’s Request to File Untimely Claims and Granting In Part Wells Fargo’s Request to Access Certain Claims Information:
    click here.

Fall, 2009
Two Constantine Cannon partners selected by Best Lawyers in America (2010): Chairman W. Stephen Cannon in the specialty of Antitrust Law and Douglas E. Rosenthal in the specialties of Antitrust Law and International Trade and Finance Law.


November 10, 2009
In re Visa Check/Mastermoney Antitrust Litigation:

  • Lead Counsel’s proposal for making interest payments to later paid Class Members:
    click here.
  • Wells Fargo’s Reply in Support of its Motion to File Untimely Claims & Access Merchants’ Claims Data:
    click here.

November 09, 2009
In re Visa Check/Mastermoney Antitrust Litigation:

  • Merchant Advisory on Order Approving Distribution of Residual Settlement Funds:
    click here.
  • Notificación a los Comerciantes Acerca de la Distribución de los Fondos Restantes del Acuerdo: pulsar aquí.
  • Order Approving Distribution of Residual Settlement Funds:
    click here.

November 04, 2009
In re Visa Check/Mastermoney Antitrust Litigation:

  • Report and Recommendation of Special Master for Interest Payments for Class Members:
    click here.

November 02, 2009
In re Visa Check/Mastermoney Antitrust Litigation:

  • Lead Counsel’s Response to Wells Fargo’s Motion to File Untimely Claims & Access Merchants’ Claims Data:
    click here.

October 28, 2009
Constantine Cannon announces the election of two new partners: Ankur Kapoor and Axel Bernabe. Click here to view the announcement.


October 15, 2009
BusinessWeek publishes article, Let’s End the Debit Card Fee-for-All – The Fed needs to start exercising oversight over debit-card fees, authored by Lloyd Constantine, Counsel of Constantine Cannon and founding Chairman. To view the article click here.


October 15, 2009
In re Visa Check/Mastermoney Antitrust Litigation:

  • Lead Counsel’s Break-Up Fee Application: click here.

October 13, 2009
Constantine Cannon partner Seth Greenstein testified on October 13, 2009 before the California Energy Commission, on behalf of the Consumer Electronics Association, in opposition to a proposal to regulate energy consumption of digital televisions.

To view the Los Angeles Times article click here.


October 12, 2009

In re Visa Check/Mastermoney Antitrust Litigation:

  • Merchant Advisory on Proposed Distribution of More Than $1 Billion of Residual Settlement Funds: click here.
  • Notificación a los Comerciantes Acerca de la Distribución Propuesta de más de Mil Millones de dólares de los Fondos Restantes del Acuerdo: click here.
  • Order to Show Cause and Related Motion Papers of Wells Fargo Retail Finance II, LLC:
    click here.

October 9, 2009

In re Visa Check/Mastermoney Antitrust Litigation:

  • Lead Counsel’s letter seeking authorization to distribute more than $1 billion of residual settlement funds:
    click here.

October 7, 2009

Constantine Cannon attorneys Matthew Cantor, Axel Bernabe and Marlene Koury defeat defendants’ bid for summary judgment in an antitrust case involving CareCore National, a health insurance network gatekeeper. The ruling clears the way for the firm’s client, a radiology practice in Manhattan, to take its case against CareCore to trial. Click here for more information (subscription required).


October 6, 2009

In re Visa Check/Mastermoney Antitrust Litigation:

  • Notificatión a los Comerciantes Sobre el Acuerdo de VISA Para Efectuar Pagos Anticipados Con Descuento: click here.

October 5, 2009

In re Visa Check/Mastermoney Antitrust Litigation:

  • Order Approving Agreement to Prepay Future Payments at a Discount Between Lead Counsel and Visa:
    click here.
  • Merchant Advisory on Approval of Visa Agreement to Prepay Future Payments at a Discount:
    click here.

October 1, 2009
In re Visa Check/Mastermoney Antitrust Litigation:


October, 2009

Lloyd Constantine, Counsel of Constantine Cannon and founding Chairman attended book signings for release of his new book, Priceless: The Case That Brought Down the Visa/MasterCard Bank Cartel. To learn more go to Lloyd’s website at http://lloydconstantine.com/index.htm. To read the Press Release click here.


September 14, 2009
In re Visa Check/Mastermoney Antitrust Litigation:

  • Independent Expert Report on Visa Prepayment Proposal:
    click here.

September 1, 2009
In re Visa Check/Mastermoney Antitrust Litigation:

  • Merchant Advisory on the Visa Agreement to Prepay Future Payments at a Discount: click here.
  • Notificatión a los Comerciantes Sobre el Acuerdo de VISA Para Efectuar Pagos Anticipados Con Descuento:
    click here.
  • Declaration of Robert L. Begleiter
    click here.
  • Order to Show Cause:
    click here.

August 31, 2009
Stan Alpert, of Counsel, Constantine Cannon co-chaired a New York City Bar CLE Seminar on The Business of Being Green — How Emerging Laws Make Sustainability an Imperative, Sept. 29, 2009.

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click here to read more.


August 31, 2009
In re Visa Check/Mastermoney Antitrust Litigation:

  • Merchant Advisory on the Visa Agreement to Prepay Future Payments at a Discount:
    click here.
  • Visa Agreement To Prepay Future Payments At A Discount:
    click here.
  • Notificatión a los Comerciantes Sobre el Acuerdo de VISA Para Efectuar Pagos Anticipados Con Descuento
    :
    click here.
  • Request For Court Approval Of The Agreement With Visa To Prepay Future Payments At A Discount:
    click here.

August 27, 2009
In re Visa Check/Mastermoney Antitrust Litigation:

  • Merchant Advisory on Approval of MasterCard Agreement to Prepay Future Payments at a Discount:
    click here.
  • Notificatión a los Comerciantes Sobre la Aprobacion del Acuerdo de MasterCard Para Efectuar Pagos Anticipados Con Descuento: click here.
  • Order Approving Securitization of MasterCard Settlement Account Payments:
    click here.

August, 2009
Constantine Cannon partner Douglas E. Rosenthal has been selected for inclusion in the 2010 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the specialties of Antitrust Law and International Trade and Finance Law.


July 24, 2009
The New York Law Journal‘s lead article of July 21, 2009 reports on Joel Chernov’s representation of Stephen R. Connoni in his wrongful termination suit againt Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge LLP.

To read the article click here.


Summer, 2009
Antitrust publishes article, What is the Standard of Causation of Monopoly?, authored by Constantine Cannon associate Ankur Kapoor.
To read the article click here.


July 15, 2009
In re Visa Check/Mastermoney Antitrust Litigation:

  • Supplemental Independent Expert Report:
    click here.

July 13, 2009
In re Visa Check/Mastermoney Antitrust Litigation:

  • Merchant Advisory on the MasterCard Agreement to Prepay Future Payments at a Discount:
    click here.
  • Notificacion a los Comerciantes Sobre el Acuerdo de MasterCard de Pago Anticipado de Cuotas Futuras Con Descuento:
    click here.
  • Order to Show Cause:
    click here.

July 10, 2009
New York Law Journal publishes article, U.S. Supreme Court Toughens Burdens of Proof Under CERCLA, authored by Stan Alpert, Of Counsel, Constantine Cannon.
To read the article click here.


July 6, 2009
In re Visa Check/Mastermoney Antitrust Litigation:

  • Merchant Advisory on the MasterCard Agreement to Prepay Future Payments at a Discount:
    click here.
  • Notificacion a los Comerciantes Sobre el Acuerdo de MasterCard de Pago Anticipado de Cuotas Futuras Con Descuento:
    click here.
  • MasterCard Agreement To Prepay Future Payments At A Discount:
    click here.
  • Request For Court Approval Of The Agreement With MasterCard To Prepay Future Payments At A Discount:
    click here.
  • Proposed Amended Securitization Order:
    click here.

June 8, 2009
Constantine Cannon leaps summary judgment hurdle in Section 1 health care suit. Proceeds to trial set for November 30, 2009.

» click here for more [subscription required].


May 21, 2009
Lloyd Constantine, Counsel of Constantine Cannon and founding Chairman testified at an FTC hearing on Resale Price Maintenance Under the Sherman Act and the Federal Trade Commission Act.

»
click here to read the hearing agenda.

» click here to read oral statement of Lloyd Constantine.


April 13, 2009
In re Visa Check/Mastermoney Antitrust Litigation: April 13, 2009 Order Approving Disclosure of Discount Rate.
click here.


April 13, 2009
In re Visa Check/Mastermoney Antitrust Litigation: Orden del 13 de abril de 2009 de aprobación de la divulgación de la tarifa de descuento.

click here.


March 31, 2009
Updated Merchant Advisory on Securitizing the MasterCard Settlement Account Funds;
click here.


March 20, 2009
Constantine Cannon LLP assists the American Trucking Associations (“ATA”) to obtain a favorable ruling in the Ninth Circuit regarding ATA’s attempt to enjoin the implementation of a comprehensive regulatory scheme by the Port of Los Angeles and Port of Long Beach that would impact motor carriers’ prices, routes, and services at the largest port facility for containerized cargo in the United States. In reversing and remanding the district court’s denial of a motion for a preliminary injunction, the Ninth Circuit held that the lower court legally erred and abused its discretion.
To review ATA’s press release click here.