Elizabeth Yandell is an associate in the San Francisco office of Latham & Watkins and a member of the firm’s global Antitrust & Competition Practice and Litigation & Trial Department.
Ms. Yandell’s practice focuses on complex antitrust disputes, cartel matters, and class actions. She represents US and Asian companies in the technology, music, and sports industries.
Ms. Yandell received her JD from the University of Texas School of Law in 2014, where she graduated with Honors. Additionally, she was a member of the Interscholastic Mock Trial Team and worked at the University of Texas Children’s Rights Clinic, where she represented clients in Texas state court.
Ms. Yandell’s experience includes representing:
- StarKist Co. in a multidistrict litigation consolidated in the US District Court for the Southern District of California. Plaintiffs are several large grocery stores, as well as putative nationwide classes of direct or indirect purchasers of packaged seafood products who allege StarKist conspired with other packaged seafood products producers to fix the prices for packaged seafood products and assert violations of Section 1 of the Sherman Act and various state antitrust and consumer protection laws.
- A major global automobile manufacturer in the multidistrict In re German Automotive Manufacturers Antitrust Litigation, where two classes of plaintiffs are alleging participation in a broad-ranging conspiracy to suppress innovation in technological development of cars and light duty trucks.
- The United States Soccer Federation, Inc. (USSF) in a lawsuit filed in US District Court for the Eastern District of New York and brought by the North American Soccer League, LLC (NASL). The NASL alleges that USSF conspired with other professional soccer leagues and other USSF member and non-member entities to exclude the NASL from Division I and Division II professional soccer and to monopolize the markets for Division I and Division II soccer in violation of Sections 1 and 2 of the Sherman Act, respectively.
- Non-profit organization Creative Commons in connection with litigation over the interpretation of its suite of off-the-shelf copyright licenses.
- A Japanese electronics manufacturer and its affiliates in several international cartel investigations and private damages actions:
- In re Optical Disk Drive Antitrust Litigation: Defeated indirect purchaser class and multiple direct action plaintiffs on summary judgment; DOJ grand jury investigation closed without action.
- Pandora and iHeartMedia in a series of cases over the use of old sound recordings by digital broadcasters. In each of these suits—15 in all—the plaintiffs filed putative class actions alleging that playing albums made before 1972 (a date with unique significance in US copyright law) requires a never-before-recognized need to take a license and pay a royalty from the rights holder. As of December 2017, Latham has won every one of the cases to have reached a final decision, including victories in the Georgia Supreme Court and the Northern District of Illinois. Cases remain pending in the California Supreme Court and elsewhere.