Injunctive and Reverse Settlements in Competition-Blocking Litigation (with Keith N. Hylton)

Sungjoon Cho, Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology


We distinguish standard settlements, in which the status quo is preserved, and injunctive settlements, which prohibit the defendant’s activity. The reverse settlement is a special type of injunctive settlement. We examine the divergence between private and social incentives to settle and policies that would minimize socially undesirable injunctive and reverse settlements (e.g., banning reverse settlements). The results are applied to competition-blocking litigation, such as patent infringement and antidumping.