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United States v. AB Electrolux

United States District Court, D. Columbia

October 9, 2015

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Plaintiff,
v.
AB ELECTROLUX, ELECTROLUX NORTH AMERICA, INC., and GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY, Defendants

          For UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Plaintiff: Ethan Glass, LEAD ATTORNEY, Mona S. K. Haar, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, Washington, DC; Ihan Kim, Kelsey Walter Shannon, Robin Susan Crauthers, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, Antitrust Division, Washington, DC.

         For AB ELECTROLUX, ELECTROLUX NORTH AMERICA, INC., Defendants: Carly J. Rothenberg, LEAD ATTORNEY, JONES DAY, Irvine, Ca; John M. Majoras, LEAD ATTORNEY, Lauren Miller Forbes, Andrew Turnier, Theresa M. Coughlin, PRO HAC VICE, Hashim M. Mooppan, Joe Sims, Kristen A. Lejnieks, Michael R. Shumaker, JONES DAY, Washington, DC; Anand Varadarajan, PRO HAC VICE, JONES DAY, Dallas, Tx; Dana Baiocco, JONES DAY, Boston, MA; Daniel E. Reidy, Eric P. Berlin, Paula W. Render, PRO HAC VICE, JONES DAY, Chicago, IL; Devin A. Winklosky, PRO HAC VICE, JONES DAY, Pittsburgh, Pa; Erin L. Shencopp, Jeremy J. Gray, JONES DAY, Chicago, Il; Gregory Martin, PRO HAC VICE, JONES DAY, San Diego, Ca; Jeffrey J. Immel, PRO HAC VICE, ONES DAY, Pittsburgh, Pa; Keira M. Campbell, PRO HAC VICE, JONES DAY, New York, NY; Thomas Demitrack, PRO HAC VICE, JONES, DAY, REAVIS & POGUE, Cleveland, OH.

         For GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY, Defendant: Paul T. Denis, LEAD ATTORNEY, Anna Revathy Aryankalayil, Steven Andrew Engel, DECHERT, LLP, Washington, DC; Michael G. Cowie, PRO HAC VICE, DECHERT, LLP, Washington, DC; Christine C. Levin, PRO HAC VICE, DECHERT LLP, Philadelphia, Pa; Craig Gerald Falls, DECHERT LLP, Washington, DC; Paul H. Friedman, PRO HAC VICE, DECHERT LLP, Washington, DC; Jonathan Ian Gleklen, Matthew Aaron Tabas, ARNOLD & PORTER LLP, Washington, DC.

         For BSH HOME APPLIANCES CORPORATION, Movant: James Ian Serota, LEAD ATTORNEY, GREENBERG TRAURIG, New York, NY.

         For WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION, Whirlpool Corporation, Intervenor: Brian Byrne, Elaine Ewing, Larry Charles Work-Dembowski, LEAD ATTORNEYS, CLEARY, GOTTLIEB, STEEN& HAMILTON, Washington, DC.

         For LG ELECTRONICS U.S.A., INC., Intervenor: Meytal McCoy, LEAD ATTORNEY, MAYER BROWN LLP, Washington, DC.

         For HAIER AMERICA TRADING, LLC, Intervenor: D. Bruce Hoffman, LEAD ATTORNEY, Matthew W. Modell, HUNTON& WILLIAMS LLP, Washington, DC.

         For GREGG APPLIANCES, INC., Intervenor: Frank S. Swain, LEAD ATTORNEY, FAEGRE BAKER DANIELS LLP, Washington, DC.

         For SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS AMERICA, INC., Intervenor: Courtney B. Dyer, Michael Edward Antalics, LEAD ATTORNEYS, O'MELVENY& MYERS LLP, Washington, DC.

         MEMORANDUM OPINION

         Emmet G. Sullivan, United State District Judge.

         Non-party Intervenors (" Intervenors" ) object to the four in-house counsel designated by Defendant General Electric (" GE" ) to access Confidential Information pursuant to the Protective Order. Intervenors argue the in-house counsels' declarations do not sufficiently demonstrate their lack of involvement with GE's " competitive decision making." GE now moves the Court to overrule the Intervenors' objections. Docket No. 142. Upon consideration of the motion, the response and reply thereto, GE's motion is GRANTED.

         I. BACKGROUND

         In July 2015, GE identified Sharis A. Pozen, Aimee Imundo, Bradford A. Berenson and Ronald G. Schroeder as the in-house counsel designated to review Intervenors' Confidential Information pursuant to the terms set forth in the Protective Order. Between July and the present date, Intervenors sought varied modifications to the Protective Order. See e.g. Docket Nos. 57 and 80. The Court directed GE to file amended declarations in support of Mses. Pozen and Imundo and issued two Amended Protective Orders. See Minute Order, September 7, 2015; Docket Nos. 110 and 140. The modifications made to the Protective Order were designed to ensure that sufficient safeguards were in place to deter the misuse of Intervenors' Confidential Information. Still, Intervenors object to the in-house counsel designated by GE.

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