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Christopher Micheletti
Partner
Oakland
555 12th Street
Suite 1230
Oakland CA 94607
TEL: (415) 633-1912
FAX: (415) 693-0770
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Christopher T. Micheletti

Chris is a commercial litigator with extensive experience in the areas of antitrust, class actions, property insurance coverage actions and intellectual property. In the antitrust area, Chris has represented individuals and businesses in class actions, and has defended corporate clients in individual actions. Chris has played central roles in the successful prosecution of numerous California state and nationwide antitrust class actions. In this area, Chris has been described as a “determined and highly skilled litigator” in the Legal 500.

Chris also has significant litigation experience in the property insurance area, having handled complex matters involving a wide variety of coverage and other issues, including the extent of construction defects, their cause, damage allegedly resulting from the defects and its manifestation, and calculation of the reasonable repair costs and business interruption losses.

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.

Representative Matters

In re: Hard Disk Drive Suspension Assemblies Antitrust Litigation (class action on behalf of indirect purchasers of suspension assemblies; Zelle is co-lead counsel; Chris and the plaintiffs’ team defeated defendants’ efforts to dismiss the end-user plaintiffs’ complaint, 2021 WL 4306018, N.D. Cal. Sept. 22, 2021)   

In re Cathode Ray Tubes (CRT) Antitrust Litigation (class action on behalf of indirect purchasers of CRTs in multiple states; case settled for $547,750,000; Chris played a central role in briefing and arguing class certification resulting in certification of 22 state-wide damages classes)

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; Chris and the Zelle team litigated the case through dispositive motions, settling during jury selection)

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

Articles & Presentations

Antitrust and Class Actions

"Indirect Purchaser Antitrust Standing Heads In New Direction," Competition Law360, July 2, 2020, co-author

"Indirect Purchaser Cases in 2017: Key District Court Rulings," Competition Law360, January 8, 2018, co-author

"Indirect Purchaser Cases in 2017: Key Appeals Court Rulings," Competition Law360, January 5, 2018, co-author

“False Advertising Class Actions: Practitioner’s Guide to Class Certification, Damages and Trial,” Bar Association of San Francisco seminar, June 14, 2017, moderator

"2016 Highlights From Indirect Purchaser Class Actions," Competition Law360, December 23, 2016, co-author

ABA Section of Antitrust Law, Indirect Purchaser Litigation Handbook, Second Edition (2016), contributing author

"2 Years After Comcast, Little Has Changed," Competition Law360, March 18, 2015, co-author

“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

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 13, 2015, moderator

"In Search of BIGFOOT: Corrective Advertising Remedies in U.S. Trademark Infringement Actions—Part 2," INTA Bulletin, January 15, 2015, author

"In Search of BIGFOOT: Corrective Advertising Remedies in U.S. Trademark Infringement Actions—Part 1," INTA Bulletin, January 1, 2015, author

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

Professional Affiliations

Community Service

Noteworthy

Selected for inclusion in the 2014 - 2022 editions of The Best Lawyers in America®.

Selected for inclusion in Who’s Who Legal: Competition among attorneys specializing in representing plaintiffs in complex competition litigation in 2019, 2020 and 2021.

Named a Northern California "Super Lawyer" in Antitrust, Business and/or Intellectual Property Litigation in 2004, 2005, 2010, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021.

Named a “California Litigation Star” in Antitrust and General Commercial litigation for 2019 - 2022 in Benchmark Litigation.

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

Named among the 2019, 2020 and 2021 Lawdragon "500 Leading Plaintiff Financial Lawyers."

Named among Daily Journal’s 2020 list of ‘Top Antitrust Lawyers’ in California.

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