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Wilson, Sonsini's Competitive Streak

Publication Date: 
September 23, 2011
The Recoder
Amy Miller

Professor Mark Lemley is quoted by Amy Miller in The Recorder on how businesses online must not only adhere to U.S. laws, but also laws in other countries which may have access to their websites.

In 1998, Congress called Bill Gates on the carpet to question him about Microsoft Corp.'s monopolistic tendencies. Two months later, lawyers from the U.S. Department of Justice filed suit, with antitrust lawyers from Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati egging them on.

On Wednesday, Congress put Google Inc. Chairman Eric Schmidt on the antitrust hot seat. Wilson Sonsini was once again on hand — but this time, Susan Creighton, co-chair of the firm's antitrust practice, was testifying against government intervention.


"If you're on the Internet, you're doing business in Europe, whether you want to or not," said Mark Lemley, director of the Stanford Program in Law, Science and Technology and a partner at Durie Tangri. "Now, you've got to worry about what a bunch of different countries will think of your activities and whether you comply with local laws."