John Treece is a global coordinator of Sidley’s antitrust/competition practice. An antitrust litigator, he has meaningful experience in patent litigation and the intersection of antitrust and patent law.
In November 2013, John led a trial team that won a $104 million judgment for client AstraZeneca by applying antitrust principles to a patent damages case. (The case is currently on appeal.) In 2006, he won a six-week jury trial for Johnson & Johnson, in a case brought by a smaller competitor alleging monopolization through price bundling and monopoly leveraging. That result was selected as one of the top defence verdicts by the National Law Journal that year, and set the stage for the successful resolution of two competitor cases and a class action making similar allegations, including the settlement of a $5.2 billion claim for $11 million.
John currently represents AT&T Mobility in In re Text Messaging Antitrust Litigation, which is on appeal after defendants won a summary judgment. He is also representing Simon Property Group in a monopolisation case involving commercial real estate; a Japanese auto parts manufacturer in connection with civil litigation following a criminal plea; and SSAB Swedish Steel in a price-fixing case against the US steel industry, alleging the collusive restriction of output. He recently represented Astellas Pharma US in a patent tying case, winning summary judgment, and in the $98 million settlement of a case alleging that an FDA citizen petition delayed the market entry of a generic competitor.
John is a graduate of Harvard University (BA, magna cum laude, 1975) and Columbia University School of Law (JD, 1978).
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