Christopher Micheletti
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San Francisco
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Suite 3400
San Francisco CA 94104
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Christopher T. Micheletti

Chris is a commercial litigator with extensive experience in the areas of antitrust, business litigation, intellectual property, unfair competition and class actions.  In the antitrust area, Chris has represented individuals and businesses in class action litigation, and has advised, represented and defended corporate clients in individual actions.  Chris has played central roles in the successful prosecution of a number of California and nationwide antitrust class actions.  In recognizing Zelle Hofmann as one of the nation’s top plaintiffs’ antitrust firms, The Legal 500 has described Chris as a “determined and highly skilled litigator.”

In the intellectual property area, Chris has extensive experience in all aspects of trademark, trade dress and trade secrets litigation, representing both plaintiffs and defendants.  Chris’ business litigation practice has included representation of plaintiffs and defendants in cases involving business torts, contractual disputes, false advertising, fiduciary matters, libel, slander and unfair business practices.  Chris also has significant experience handling complex property insurance litigation involving a wide variety of coverage, repair and other issues.

Representative Matters

In re Cathode Ray Tubes (CRT) Antitrust Litigation (class action on behalf of indirect purchasers of CRTs in multiple states; Chris played a central role in briefing and arguing class certification resulting in certification of 22 state-wide damages classes)

In re Static Random Access Memory (SRAM) Antitrust Litigation (class action on behalf of indirect purchasers of SRAM in multiple states; Zelle Hofmann was lead counsel and Chris led the plaintiffs’ team in the litigation of this complex, price-fixing antitrust action, resulting in settlements of $41,322,000)

California Smokeless Tobacco Antitrust Litigation ($96,000,000 settlement on behalf of a class of California indirect purchasers of moist smokeless tobacco products; as a member of the Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee, Chris had a central role in litigating and settling this antitrust monopolization claim on behalf of the class)

Kellogg Co. v. Exxon Mobil Corp. (trademark infringement and dilution action under the Lanham Act, alleging that Exxon's use of its cartoon tiger to promote foods, beverages and convenience stores infringed and diluted Kellogg's famous TONY THE TIGER character)

Adco Group et al. v. Travelers et al. (complex coverage action involving the coordination of multiple lawsuits with over 25 parties, claims of $250 million in construction defects and damage at a luxury resort in Southern California)

Articles & Presentations

Antitrust and Class Actions

“The California Difference: Why California Really Matters – A Symposium – Indirect Purchaser Standing Under California Antitrust Law and Federal Antitrust Law – Plaintiff Perspective,” The Journal of the Antitrust and Unfair Competition Law Section of the State Bar of California, Competition Vol. 22, No. 2, Fall 2013, author

"Incentive Award Guidance From Recent Class Actions," Competition Law360, September 6, 2013, co-author

Class Actions and Other Aggregate Litigation - New Supreme Court Cases on Evidentiary Standards: When do Plaintiffs Need to Prove What, and How Do They Need to Do That? Law Seminars International 9th Annual Conference, Seattle, WA, May 13, 2013, co-panelist

"Indirect-Purchaser Exceptions To Illinois Brick Continue," Competition Law360, January 25, 2013, co-author

"Why Class Counsel Should Obtain Discovery From Objectors," Competition Law360, November 6, 2012, co-author

"Coordinating Direct And Indirect Purchaser Cases," Competition Law360, July 9, 2012, co-author

"Emerging Trends In Indirect-Purchaser Antitrust Cases," Competition Law360, January 20, 2012, co-author

"Challenging Class Action Waivers Post-Concepcion," Competition Law360, September 16, 2011, co-author

"Schleicher And Antitrust Class Certification," Competition Law360, November 5, 2010, co-author

"Shady Grove And State Limits On Competition Claims," Competition Law360, May 19, 2010, co-author

Intellectual Property, Unfair Competition and False Advertising

Food Labeling and False Advertising Class Actions panel presentation, Bar Association of San Francisco - Continuing Legal Education, San Francisco, CA, May 14, 2014, moderator

Trademark Protection: Best practices for trademark selection, use, maintenance and protection, Law Seminars International Telebriefing, March 6, 2013, moderator and presenter

"False Advertising: Skinny Girl Wriggles Free, While Pom and Arizona Beverages Fizzle," Supermarket News - Refresh Blog, February 5, 2013, co-author

"'All Natural' False Advertising Claims' Legal Evolution — Part 3," Supermarket News - Refresh Blog, November 26, 2012, author

"'All Natural' False Advertising Claims' Legal Evolution — Part 2," Supermarket News - Refresh Blog, October 1, 2012, author

"'All Natural' False Advertising Claims Begin Legal Evolution," Supermarket News - Refresh Blog, August 27, 2012, author

"Pom Wonderful v. Coca-Cola - Reinforcing Defenses to Label Claim Challenges," Supermarket News - Refresh Blog, June 18, 2012, author

"Sometimes, Companies Win False Advertising Lawsuits," Supermarket News - Refresh Blog, May 24, 2012, author

"False Advertising Class Action Update," Supermarket News - Refresh Blog, May 3, 2012, author

Trademark Protection Basics: Use, Registration, "Policing" and other strategies for In-House Counsel, Outside Corporate Counsel and the General Practitioner, Bar Association of San Francisco seminar, June 1, 2011, presenter

"Preventing Loss of Trademarks Rights: Quantitative and Qualitative Assessments of “Use” and Their Impact On Abandonment Determinations," Official Journal of the International Trademark Association, 94 Trademark Reporter 634, June 2004

"Proving Dilution By Blurring: An Analysis of Dilution By Blurring Factors Under The Federal Trademark Dilution Act," Official Journal of the International Trademark Association, 92 Trademark Reporter 1345, November 2002

Property Insurance

"Pinnacle's Limited Impact On California Property Litigation," Insurance Law360, November 2, 2012, co-author

"The Scope of Property Insurance Appraisals in California," Insurance Law360, July 7, 2011, co-author

"Case Study: Zhang v. Superior Court," Insurance Law360, February 15, 2011, co-author

"Case Study: Village Northridge v. State Farm," Insurance Law360, October 7, 2010, co-author

"Disqualification Standards: Party-Selected Appraisers," Insurance Law360, February 8, 2010, author

Professional Affiliations

Community Service

Noteworthy

Selected for inclusion in the 2014 and 2015 editions of The Best Lawyers in America®.

Recognized as a “pragmatic . . , determined and highly skilled litigator” by The Legal 500 in 2013.

Named a Northern California "Super Lawyer" in Business Litigation for 2004, 2005, 2010 and 2014.

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