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Alicia Downey quoted in Banker & Tradesman About Antitrust Implications of Consolidation in the Real Estate Brokerage Industry: “Growth Is Good, And Generally Legal”

Posted on May 1, 2017

In an April 30, 2017 subscribers-only article by Banker & Tradesman staff reporter Jim Morrison, Alicia Downey responded to questions about the extent to which antitrust law might constrain the growth of companies such as Realogy, which owns a large number of branded residential real estate brokerage firms. Alicia noted, “There is an antitrust risk when a company holding a monopoly or a large market share is somehow able to exploit that position to keep prices high, coerce customers to deal only with them, or arrange things that keeps competitors out by unfair means, such as false advertising, contracts that make it unduly difficult or expensive to switch service providers, or by using things like over-restrictive non-competes.”

Alicia Downey Speaks on Price Discrimination Panel at Spring Meeting of the ABA Section of Antitrust Law

Posted on March 31, 2017

The ABA Section of Antitrust law recently held its annual Spring Meeting, which was attended by nearly 3,000 antitrust and consumer protection practitioners, government enforcers, academics and economists. On the first day of the meeting in Washington, D.C. on March 29, 2017, Alicia moderated a lively panel discussion of recent trends in price discrimination litigation in the United States by private parties invoking the Robinson-Patman Act.

ABA Publishes “Antitrust Law and Economics of Product Distribution”

Posted on October 21, 2016

Alicia Downey is the co-author of Chapter 7 of a newly published book entitled, Antitrust Law and Economics of Product Distribution, available from ABA Publications. Alicia’s chapter, “Price Discrimination and Related Conduct,” includes the perspectives of antitrust lawyers and economists. Her co-author is Dr. Robert Kneuper, a Director and Principal at Navigant Economics. To introduce this unique publication to the antitrust community, Alicia organized and served as the moderator of a telephonic “virtual book launch” on October 21, 2016, which featured the book’s editors and selected contributors.

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Alicia Downey on the Faculty of “Annual Antitrust Update for Business Lawyers” September 8

Posted on August 22, 2016

The Business Law Section of the American Bar Association is holding its Annual Meeting on September 8-10, 2016, in Boston, where Alicia Downey is speaking on a CLE panel entitled, “Annual Antitrust Update for Business Lawyers.” As part of the presentation, Alicia will talk about the impact of recent antitrust developments on sales and distribution practices in the U.S. and the European Union.

Alicia Downey teaching at PLI Antitrust Counseling and Compliance Seminar in NYC September 28, 2016

Posted on August 2, 2016

For the sixth year in a row, Alicia Downey has been invited by the Practising Law Institute to speak at its annual seminar on Antitrust Counseling and Compliance. Speaking live from New York, Alicia will focus on antitrust constraints on pricing conduct, including resale price maintenance, minimum advertised price restrictions, and price discrimination. This year her  talk will also compare the antitrust treatment of pricing conduct under the laws of the U.S., European Union, China, and Canada. Alicia is honored to share the podium with the highly distinguished faculty members listed below. Seminar registration details can be found here.

Chairperson(s)
M. Howard Morse ~ Cooley LLP
Speaker(s)
Patricia A. Conners ~ Associate Deputy Attorney General, Office of the Attorney General of Florida
Lisl J. Dunlop ~ Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP
William H. Efron ~ Director, Northeast Region, Federal Trade Commission
Sonia K. Pfaffenroth ~ Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Antitrust Division, U.S. Department of Justice
W. Stephen Smith ~ Morrison & Foerster LLP
Lisa C. Wood ~ Foley Hoag LLP

Downey Law Listed in Special Edition of 2016 Best Lawyers

Posted on April 27, 2016

A special “Women in the Law” edition of 2016 Best Lawyers® – Business includes Downey Law in its listing of Massachusetts-based female antitrust practitioners. The cover photograph features 2015-2016 American Bar Association President Paulette Brown.

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Alicia Downey Judges BC Law Moot Court Competition

Posted on March 23, 2016

On March 22, 2016, Alicia Downey returned to her alma mater, Boston College Law School, to serve as a judge in the Wendell F. Grimes Moot Court Competition. Working in teams of two, third year law students presented appellate arguments in a criminal case in which the defendant challenged the constitutionality of a police search. In addition to competing for top honors in oral advocacy, the students submitted appellate briefs for consideration by a separate panel of judges.

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Appellate Victory Wins Media Attention

Posted on January 29, 2016

In the three weeks since the Appeals Court’s decision issued on January 6, Downey Law’s appellate victory in Downey v. Chutehall Construction Co., Ltd., has been the subject of a front page article in the January 15, 2016 issue of Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly and a number of law firm blog posts, including here, here, here, here, here, and here. For a deeper understanding of the factual record and the issues presented by the case, readers are invited to peruse the Initial Brief we filed in the case.

Happy New Year! Downey Law is Three Years Old Today

Posted on January 1, 2016

It was exactly three years ago that I opened Downey Law with the support and encouragement of loyal clients, former colleagues, friends and family. It has been a great ride so far and I can’t wait to see what 2016 has in store.

Happy New Year 2016

“Best Law Firms” 2016 Rankings List Recognize Downey Law

Posted on November 4, 2015

U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers recently announced their sixth annual “Best Law Firms” rankings, in which Downey Law earned recognition for its litigation and antitrust capabilities at both the national and local levels. According to the publishers’ press release, firms included in the 2016 “Best Law Firms” list are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. Achieving a tiered ranking signals a unique combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise, as well as the high level of respect a firm has earned among other leading lawyers and clients in the same communities and the same practice areas for their abilities, their professionalism and their integrity.2016 Best Law Firms Rankings

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