Stefan M. Meisner

Crowell & Moring (Washington)

Stefan Meisner is a partner with Crowell & Moring based in their Washington office. He provides legal services to clients in connection with antitrust matters and electronic discovery issues. He is a member of the Firm’s Antitrust & Competition Practice Group. Stefan focuses his antitrust practice on complex, multi-district class action litigation alleging Sherman Act violations, US Department of Justice (DOJ) investigations, merger investigations and intellectual property issues. He counsels clients on the antitrust implications of patent licensing and settlements of infringement litigation. In addition, he counsels clients on global strategies for addressing cartel prosecutions and defenses, from the inception of government investigations, to the initiation of civil class action litigation in a variety of jurisdictions. Stefan also advises on major mergers and acquisitions, and on merger notification under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act and multinational notification regimes. He serves clients in a variety of industries, including consumer products, defense and aerospace, high-tech, semi-conductors, building materials, hospitals, alcohol beverages, steel, mining and aggregates. To develop efficient and effective solutions for businesses facing issues with e-discovery and management of electronically stored information, Stefan counsels clients on electronic discovery issues in the litigation and regulatory arenas. He counsels clients on developing effective strategies for managing electronic records in light of evolving standards on preservation and production of electronic documents and data under the US Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. Stefan also has extensive experience with investigations that involve forensic examination of electronic media and data. Stefan serves on the Firm’s pro bono, strategic planning, new business and recruitment committees. He is active in representing individuals seeking asylum in the US and US service veterans who are seeking government benefits related to their service.


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2352 Bulletin

Nicole L. Castle, Stefan M. Meisner, Stephen Wu The US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit overturns a district court decision certifying a class of direct purchaser plaintiffs without undertaking a rigorous analysis to resolve factual disputes, assess competing evidence, or weigh conflicting expert testimony (Lamictal)


The US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit recently concluded in In re Lamictal Direct Purchaser Antitrust Litigation that a district court’s reliance on average prices to determine class-wide impact was insufficient. Instead, courts must conduct a rigorous analysis of the facts, evidence and (...)

Ashley McMahon, Stefan M. Meisner The US DoJ reaches settlement with six broadcast television companies and prohibits share of competitively sensitive information in the television spot advertising market (Sinclair Broadcast Group / Raycom Media / Tribune Media Company / Meredith Corporation / Griffin Communications / Dreamcatcher Broadcasting)


THE LATEST: DOJ Reaches Settlement with Six Broadcast Television Companies* The Department of Justice (DOJ) and six broadcast television companies reached settlements last week after the DOJ claimed that the companies shared competitively sensitive information that allowed the parties to alter (...)

Stefan M. Meisner, Anthony S. Ferrara, Lisa Peterson Rumin The US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas declares that a licensing offer based on end-device is compliant with FRAND commitments (HTC / Ericsson)


Standard-essential patent holders and implementers may face uncertainty regarding licensing practices following a May 23 Texas court ruling. In the ruling, a Texas federal judge reached a conclusion different from a recent California court decision — FTC v. Qualcomm — on the question of whether (...)

Stefan M. Meisner, Lisa Peterson Rumin The US Northern District Court of California requires the holder of a standard-essential patent for cellular communication to license it to all those willing to pay a fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory rate (Qualcomm)


This article has been nominated for the 2019 Antitrust Writing Awards. Click here to learn more about the Antitrust Writing Awards. FTC Secures Partial Victory Requiring SEP Holder to License to All Comers in Antitrust Case Summary Recently, a federal district court in California granted (...)

Ashley McMahon, Stefan M. Meisner The US Supreme Court holds that federal courts should accord respectful consideration to foreign government submissions when analyzing comity issues but are not bound by them (Animal Science Products / Hebei Welcome Pharmaceutical)


Supreme Court Clarifies Principles of International Comity in Vitamin C Ruling* Alert: The Supreme Court clarified the principles of international comity this week in a ruling pertaining to the long-running vitamin C antitrust class action litigation. International comity is the recognition a (...)

Matt Evola, Stefan M. Meisner The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit upholds dismissal of an antitrust suit where a jury verdict in a parallel case found no patent infringement (Casacade Computer / RPX / Samsung)


What Happened: Wading into the merging streams of antitrust and patents, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit upheld dismissal of an antitrust suit where a jury verdict in a parallel case found no patent infringement. Cascades Computer Innovation, LLC v. RPX Corp. and Samsung (...)

Stefan M. Meisner, Ashley McMahon The US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit upholds a ruling that indirect purchasers did not meet the requirements for class certification (Class 8 Transmission)


On February 9, the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit upheld a ruling by the US District Court for the District of Delaware that indirect purchasers of Class 8 transmissions did not meet the requirements for class certification. The Third Circuit found that only the individual claims may (...)

Mai Muto, Louise Åberg, Stefan M. Meisner, Christian Krohs The German Regional Court of Berlin refers to questions on extradition discrimination to the EU Court of Justice in the case of the first business executive extradited to the USA on cartel charges (Romano Pisciotti)


CJEU TO RULE ON EXTRADITION OF EU CITIZENS IN CRIMINAL ANTITRUST PROCEEDINGS The first European citizen to be extradited from Europe to the United States for criminal antitrust conduct recently succeeded in having a Berlin court refer the matter of his extradition to the Court of Justice of (...)

Daniel Powers, Stefan M. Meisner The US Court of Western District of Washington awards $14.5 million of damages due to breached commitments to license certain standard-essential patents on FRAND terms (Microsoft / Motorola)


In the long-running patent dispute between Microsoft and Motorola, a U.S. District Court jury in Seattle found that Motorola breached its commitment to license certain standard-essential patents on fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory (FRAND or RAND) terms. The jury awarded Microsoft (...)

Stefan M. Meisner The US District Court Western District of Washington sets FRAND royalty rates and range for standard-essential patents following a suit claiming that an undertaking’s offer to license Wi-Fi and video compression was too high (Microsoft / Motorola)


WESTERN DISTRICT OF WASHINGTON SETS FRAND ROYALTY RATES AND RANGE FOR SEPS* Last week in Microsoft v. Motorola, the U.S. District Court Western District of Washington became the first U.S. court to set fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory (FRAND or RAND) royalty rates and range for (...)

Stefan M. Meisner The US DoJ announces that a joint venture agreed to acquire certain patents to allay antitrust concerns raised by the transaction in the software market (CPTN / Novell)


Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that CPTN Holdings, LLC, a joint venture owned equally by Microsoft Corp., Apple, Inc. , Oracle Corp., and EMC Corp, has agreed to modify its agreement to acquire certain patents from Novell, Inc. in order to allay antitrust concerns raised (...)

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