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Alicia Downey Included in 2022 Best Lawyers of America

Posted on August 19, 2021

Alicia Downey has been selected for inclusion in the 28th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the categories of Antitrust Law and Antitrust Litigation. Recognition by Best Lawyers is based entirely on peer review surveys designed to capture, as accurately as possible, the consensus opinion of leading lawyers about the professional abilities of their colleagues within the same geographical area and legal practice area.

Chambers USA 2021 Lists Alicia Downey Among Leading Antitrust Lawyers

Posted on June 1, 2021

The 2021 edition of Chambers USA ranks Alicia Downey among leading antitrust lawyers in Massachusetts. According to the accompanying review, “She is an excellent commercial lawyer and a scholar of antitrust.” Alicia is the only solo practitioner among the twelve individually-recognized Massachusetts antitrust lawyers in Band 1 and Band 2. Chambers USA’s legal rankings are based on in-depth market analysis and independent research, conducted by a experienced team of researchers.

Our Curious Amalgam Podcast Hosted by Alicia Downey: Are “UDAPs” Protecting Consumers or Promoting Chaos? Exposing the Fault Lines under State Statutes Prohibiting Unfair and Deceptive Acts and Practices

Posted on May 3, 2021

State UDAP laws are powerful tools for private plaintiffs and state Attorneys General to redress marketplace misconduct and abuse of consumers. But with the growing proliferation of lawsuits based on novel theories of what constitutes “unfair” trade practices, is it time to rein them in? In this episode co-hosts Alicia Downey and Christina Ma talk to Matt Sawchak, UDAP scholar, antitrust litigator, and former solicitor general for the state of North Carolina, about the ongoing debate over the scope of and remedies afforded by UDAP legislation. Listen to this episode to learn about the sources of tension between state UDAP statutes and U.S. antitrust law. Click here to access the podcast.

Our Curious Amalgam is the official podcast of the Antitrust Law Section of the American Bar Association. Each episode explores topics in antitrust, competition, consumer protection, data protection, and privacy law around the world with leading experts in those areas. It is an amalgam because it is a group of diverse topics all in one place. It is curious because it gets the experts and asks them in-depth questions.

Our Curious Amalgam Podcast Hosted by Alicia Downey: When Does Benchmarking Cause Antitrust Anxiety? The Use and Misuse of Competitors’ Data

Posted on April 5, 2021

Many industries routinely use data collected from multiple competing companies to develop price, cost and performance benchmarks. But when do benchmarking activities raise antitrust concerns? Co-hosts Alicia Downey and Christina Ma ask John Delacourt, general counsel to an international trade association and co-chair of the Antitrust Law Section’s Trade, Sports and Professional Associations Committee, about managing the risks of collective participation in benchmarking programs in an era of heightened antitrust scrutiny and enforcement. Listen to this episode to learn about the right way and the wrong way to collect and use competitors’ data. Click here to listen to the episode.

Our Curious Amalgam is the official podcast of the Antitrust Law Section of the American Bar Association. Each episode explores topics in antitrust, competition, consumer protection, data protection, and privacy law around the world with leading experts in those areas. It is an amalgam because it is a group of diverse topics all in one place. It is curious because it gets the experts and asks them in-depth questions.

Our Curious Amalgam Podcast Hosted by Alicia Downey: Is It Time to Rethink Section 230? The Debate Over the Liability Exemption for Internet Platforms

Posted on March 15, 2021

Section 230 of the 1996 federal Communications Decency Act immunizes online platforms from civil liability based on third-party content as well as for removing such content in certain circumstances. Twenty-five years after its enactment, has this immunity gone too far in protecting the behemoth internet companies from accountability and facilitating their pervasive growth and online presence? In this episode, co-hosts Alicia Downey and Christina Ma talk to O’Melveny partner Tod Cohen, a former in-house legal and public policy counsel for a number of prominent social media and e-commerce companies, about the connection between Section 230 and antitrust concerns regarding certain Internet platforms, and why Section 230 has become such a focal point of controversy. Download or listen to this episode here to learn why Section 230 will likely continue to be making headlines in the world of antitrust and consumer protection.

Our Curious Amalgam is the official podcast of the Antitrust Law Section of the American Bar Association. Each episode explores topics in antitrust, competition, consumer protection, data protection, and privacy law around the world with leading experts in those areas. It is an amalgam because it is a group of diverse topics all in one place. It is curious because it gets the experts and asks them in-depth questions.

Our Curious Amalgam Podcast Hosted by Alicia Downey: What Are Best Practices for Virtual Litigation?

Posted on January 25, 2021

Alicia Downey and John Roberti co-host an episode of Our Curious Amalgam that talks about the do’s and don’ts for litigating effectively in virtual proceedings, especially in complex antitrust cases involving multiple parties and far-flung witnesses. Alicia interviews Lisa Wood, Co-Chair of the Litigation Department of Foley Hoag LLP, and author of the long-running Notes from the Field column featured in Antitrust Magazine, to discover what she learned about best practice for virtual litigation from her survey of lawyers and judges across the country. Listen to or download this episode here, to hear about which virtual litigation proceedings are poised to become a permanent feature of complex civil suits and proceedings before the agencies.

Our Curious Amalgam is the official podcast of the Antitrust Law Section of the American Bar Association. Each episode explores topics in antitrust, competition, consumer protection, data protection, and privacy law around the world with leading experts in those areas. It is an amalgam because it is a group of diverse topics all in one place. It is curious because it gets the experts and asks them in-depth questions.

The Boston Globe Quotes Alicia Downey on Staples/Office Depot Acquisition News

Posted on January 11, 2021

Alicia Downey was quoted in a recent article by Boston Globe business reporter Jon Chesto–“Amazon’s rise could help pave the way for Staples-Office Depot merger, finally.” Chesto’s article discusses the risk of an antitrust challenge to Staples’s proposed acquisition of Office Depot years after the FTC blocked a similar deal: “Alicia Downey, a Boston antitrust lawyer, said she’s not aware of any radical shift in how the FTC analyzes these deals in the past five years. Downey fully expects Staples will revive the argument about the threat posed by Amazon and other big retailers expanding into the office-supplies game. It’s not just the shift online, Downey said, but also the changing market as companies conduct more of their business digitally.”

Alicia Downey Produces Podcast and Video Tributes to Women Trailblazers

Posted on November 16, 2020

The Women.Connected Committee of the ABA Antitrust Law Section recently inducted four prominent women in the field of antitrust into its “Hall of Fame-inism.” How did they overcome career challenges and gender bias to make it to the top of their field? In this episode of Our Curious Amalgam, co-hosts Alicia Downey and Christine Ma interview Margaret Guerin-Calvert, Deborah Majoras, Lisa Phelan, and Bonny Sweeney about how they achieved (and continue to achieve) professional success and what more can be done to advance women within the antitrust bar. Listen to or download the episode here to learn how each of these role models forged her own path to a fulfilling career in antitrust. Alicia also put together video tributes for playback at the virtual award ceremony on November 10, 2020. The videos are posted on the Antitrust Law Section’s YouTube page here.

Downey Law LLC Recognized in 2021 U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” Ranking

Posted on November 5, 2020

Best Lawyers includes Downey Law LLC in their 2021 rankings of “Best Law Firms” in the areas of Antitrust Law and Litigation. Recognition by Best Lawyers is based on peer review and the consensus opinion of leading lawyers about the professional abilities of their colleagues within the same geographical area and legal practice area.

Our Curious Amalgam Podcast Hosted by Alicia Downey: How Was the Case Won? The Processed Egg Products Antitrust Trials

Posted on October 19, 2020

Antitrust class actions are rarely tried all the way through to a jury verdict. Alicia Downey hosts an episode of Our Curious Amalgam to find out how a team of lawyers from Columbus, Ohio and Washington, D.C. won defense verdicts in not one, but two antitrust trials in an 18-month period. Alicia and co-host John Roberti interview the team leaders, Jim King and Jay Levine, and their younger colleagues about the lessons they learned and the most memorable moments in the courtroom. Listen to or download this episode here to catch up with a case that has been ongoing since 2008, with yet more twists and turns to come.

Our Curious Amalgam is the official podcast of the Antitrust Law Section of the American Bar Association. Each episode explores topics in antitrust, competition, consumer protection, data protection, and privacy law around the world with leading experts in those areas. It is an amalgam because it is a group of diverse topics all in one place. It is curious because it gets the experts and asks them in-depth questions.

Alicia Downey Hosts Anniversary Show for “Our Curious Amalgam” Podcast

Posted on September 28, 2020

On September 28, 2020, Alicia Downey co-hosted a special episode of Our Curious Amalgam, the ABA Section of Antitrust Law’s weekly podcast. In this special one-year anniversary episode, Alicia interviews Brian Henry, immediate past chair of the ABA Antitrust Law Section, and John Roberti, the regular co-host of OCA, about how they created a podcast from scratch, including the origin story of the show’s “curious” name. Listen or download the episode here.