No. A129146.

204 Cal.App.4th 1 (2012)

138 Cal. Rptr. 3d 620

ASAHI KASEI PHARMA CORPORATION, Plaintiff and Appellant, v. COTHERIX, INC., Defendant and Respondent.

Court of Appeals of California, First District, Division Five.

March 5, 2012.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, Franklin B. Gowdy , Thomas M. Peterson , Benjamin P. Smith , Christopher J. Banks and Matthew J. Poole for Plaintiff and Appellant.

Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy, Nancy L. Fineman , Nanci E. Nishimura ; Baker Botts , Aaron Streett , Michele A. Gustafson ; Ropers, Majeski, Kohn & Bentley, Susan H. Handelman ; Bingham McCutchen , James B. Lewis ; Mayer Brown , Lee N. Abrams ; and Michael D. Liberty for Defendant and Respondent.



A company lawfully acquires a competitor. Can the activities of the two companies in anticipation of the merger constitute a conspiracy in restraint of trade under the Cartwright Act, the California antitrust statute (Bus. & Prof. Code, § 16700 et seq.)?1 Appellant Asahi Kasei Pharma Corporation (Asahi) sued respondent CoTherix, Inc. (CoTherix), alleging that Asahi suffered...

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