Helen Cho Eckert

Sheppard Mullin (San Francisco)
Lawyer (Special Counsel)

Helen Eckert is a Special Counsel in the Antitrust and Competition Practice Group in the San Francisco office of Sheppard Mullin. Helen’s practice focuses on antitrust and unfair competition litigation and representation of international companies in antitrust investigations by the U.S. Department of Justice. She is also experienced in counseling major corporations with respect to standard setting activities, vertical pricing and distribution practices, and mergers and acquisitions. Helen has represented international corporations in large antitrust litigations, including direct and indirect class actions and multi-district litigations, involving allegations of international price fixing, monopolization, and a variety of other exclusionary conduct. She has also represented non-U.S. corporations in criminal antitrust investigations by the U.S. Department of Justice, managing high-volume electronic discovery and review in foreign languages and coordinating parallel investigations in foreign jurisdictions. She has represented clients including Samsung, Philip Morris, Epson American, and China Mobile. Prior to joining Sheppard Mullin in 2008, Helen was an attorney at Heller Ehrman, where her practice focused on federal antitrust litigation and criminal antitrust investigations.

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Sheppard Mullin (Century City)
Reed Smith (Washington)
Sheppard Mullin (Century City)

Articles

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Helen Cho Eckert, Jennifer M. Driscoll-Chippendale The U.S. FTC reaches a settlement with a pharmaceutical company and continues march “to set a standard for the industry” in pay-for-delay settlements cases (Cephalon)

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Federal Trade Commission Continues March “to Set a Standard for the Industry” with Cephalon Settlement* On May 28, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) announced it had reached a $1.2 billion settlement with Teva Pharmaceuticals, which acquired Cephalon in 2012, over reverse payment for its (...)

Helen Cho Eckert, Jennifer M. Driscoll-Chippendale The California Supreme Court delineates a structured rule of reason analysis for evaluating reverse payments or pay-for-delay settlements (Cipro)

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California Supreme Court Delineates a Structured Rule of Reason Analysis for Evaluating Reverse Payment or Pay-for-Delay Settlements* On May 7, 2015, the California Supreme Court issued its long-awaited decision in In re Cipro Cases I & II, Case No. S198616 (May 7, 2015) (Cipro). Cipro (...)

David R. Garcia, Helen Cho Eckert, Vinay Bhupathy The FTC expresses “strong concerns” over State regulations offering to provide antitrust immunity to certain healthcare collaborations undertaken with Department of health’s approval and supervision (COPA)

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State Regulatory Scheme Offering Antitrust Immunity to Healthcare Collaborations Creates Tension Between Federal and State Antitrust Enforcement* On April 22, 2015, the Federal Trade Commission submitted a public letter to the New York State Department of Health (DOH) expressing “strong (...)

David R. Garcia, Helen Cho Eckert The US Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit holds that a rebate program requiring exclusivity from distributors was unlawful maintenance of monopoly power (McWane)

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Eleventh Circuit Affirms FTC Finding that Rebate Program Served to Unlawfully Maintain Monopoly Power* The Eleventh Circuit recently affirmed a Federal Trade Commission finding that a manufacturer’s rebate program requiring exclusivity from its distributors was an unlawful maintenance of (...)

David R. Garcia, Helen Cho Eckert The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit provides significant judicial guidance for future health care mergers, casting serious doubt on the viability of a “post-merger efficiencies defense” to a prima facie case of a Section 7 violation (St. Luke’s Health System / Saltzer Medical Group)

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In Highly-Anticipated Decision, Ninth Circuit Affirms That Hospital-Physician Group Merger in St. Luke’s Violated Section 7 And Casts Serious Doubt on Viability of Efficiencies Defense* On February 10, 2015, the Ninth Circuit issued its highly-anticipated decision at the intersection of health (...)

David R. Garcia, Helen Cho Eckert The US District Court for the Southern District of Ohio holds that undertakings, even previously competing against each other, cease to be separate economic actors once they contractually agree to share in risks and profits by combining all of their income into a single bottom line (Premier Health)

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District Court Weighs in on Level of Integration Required to Shield Health Care Collaborations from Section 1 Scrutiny* In Medical Center at Elizabeth Place v. Premier Health Partners et. al, Case No. 12-cv-26 (S.D. Oh. Oct. 20, 2014), the Southern District of Ohio held that (...)

Helen Cho Eckert The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit upholds a lower court’s judgement dismissing claims of conspiracy to restrain trade and attempted monopolization on the market for prosthetic microprocessor knees (DAW Industries / Hanger Orthopedic)

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Ninth Circuit Once Again Affirms That Malicious Actions To Destroy A Competitor Do Not State An Antitrust Claim Unless Accompanied By Injury To Competition* On February 24, 2014, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the lower court’s grant of summary judgment dismissing DAW Industries’ (...)

David R. Garcia, Helen Cho Eckert A US Attorney General launches a wide investigation into whether increasing consolidation among hospitals and physician groups may be resulting in supra-competitive prices for medical care

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California Attorney General Becomes the Latest Antitrust Enforcer to Investigate Hospital/Doctor Group Combinations* California’s Attorney General has recently launched a broad investigation into whether increasing consolidation among hospitals and physician groups may be resulting in (...)

Helen Cho Eckert The US District Court of Detroit dismisses antitrust claims against practice of requiring hospitals to enter into "MFN-Plus" contracts (City of Pontiac / Blue Cross Blue Shield)

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District Court Dismisses Follow-On Suit Challenging Blue Cross’s “MFN-Plus’ Contracts Under Both Per Se and Rule of Reason Standards* The District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan recently dismissed antitrust claims brought by the City of Pontiac against Blue Cross Blue Shield of (...)

David R. Garcia, Helen Cho Eckert The US DoJ issues in conjunction with the Department of Health and Human Services final statement as regards collaborations of independent health care providers and provider groups

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No Mandatory Antitrust Review for ACOs* The Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission recently issued their final "Statement of Antitrust Enforcement Policy Regarding Accountable Care Organizations Participating in the Medicare Shared Savings Program" pursuant to the 2010 Patient (...)

Helen Cho Eckert A US Court of Appeals affirms the dismissal of a consumer class action challenging the television programming industry’s practice of exclusively offering multi-channel cable packages (Brantley / NBC Universal)

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Ninth Circuit Rejects Consumer Antitrust Challenge To Cable Television Bundling* The Ninth Circuit recently affirmed the dismissal of a consumer class action challenging the television programming industry’s practice of exclusively offering multi-channel cable packages. Brantley v. NBC (...)

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