April 30, 2024—  This month, Kellogg Hansen partner Steve Benz presented at the American Bar Association’s 72nd Antitrust Spring Meeting in Washington, DC.

Along with Ian Simmons, partner & co-chair of the Antitrust Practice Group at O’Melveny & Myers LLP, Tara L. Reinhart, partner at Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP, Sharon K. Robertson, partner at Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC, and Kalpana Srinivasan, managing partner at Susman Godfrey LLP, the group’s gave a discussion titled, “Trying a Section 2 Case: Best Practices.”

Understanding exclusionary conduct, a critical element in monopolization claims, poses conceptual challenges as the law adapts to technological advances and changes in the marketplace. A raft of enforcement, competitor, and consumer actions are pending against Amazon; Apple; Google; and Meta. These platforms are alleged to have monopolized complementary markets, often by tying the platforms to the use of their own products and services. Over the next decade, courts will continue to develop Section 2 digital platform jurisprudence. The discussion encompassed both the conceptual underpinnings of monopolization doctrine and practical strategies for developing and trying monopolization cases, highlighting the dynamic and complex nature of Sherman Act Section 2 litigation.