Morgan Sharma represents clients in all facets of commercial litigation. Prior to joining Keker, Van Nest & Peters, Ms. Sharma served as a law clerk to the Honorable Matthew Kennelly of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.
Ms. Sharma earned her J.D. from The University of Chicago Law School and graduated summa cum laude from George Washington University with a B.A. in psychology and criminal justice. During law school, Ms. Sharma participated in the Federal Criminal Justice Clinic.
We represent Qualcomm in a case brought by the FTC alleging that Qualcomm had failed to license its standard-essential patents at fair, reasonable and nondiscriminatory (FRAND) royalty rates and that Qualcomm had engaged in exclusionary conduct that increased its competitors’ costs and reduced their ability and incentive to innovate. Following a month-long bench trial, the district court issued an injunction that would have forced Qualcomm to license rival chip suppliers and renegotiate its existing licenses with cellphone makers. In August of 2020 the Ninth Circuit reversed the district court’s judgment and vacated the injunction.
We represent Qualcomm with respect to claims brought by a putative class of 250 million cellphone users alleging that Qualcomm inflated mobile device prices through its standard-essential patent licensing practices. Following an order certifying a nationwide class, the Ninth Circuit granted a petition for interlocutory review of the class certification order under Rule 23(f). We argued the appeal in December 2019 and await a decision from the Ninth Circuit.
A group of Lyft drivers in California lost their latest bid to convince a state court judge to immediately reclassify them as employees with paid sick leave to help fight the spread of Covid-19. Read more
San Francisco Superior Judge Ethan Schulman denied a motion that would have reclassified Lyft drivers as employees, so that they can reap the state’s paid sick leave, agreeing with a federal judge who found that such a ruling would jeopardize drivers' access to federal coronavirus relief. Read more
Truth or Unintended Consequences: Reining in Appellate Court Action in the Absence of a Government Appeal, 82 U. Chi. L. Rev. 1705 (2015)