One of Peacock Piper Tong + Voss LLP’s marine cargo carrier clients won a competitive bidding process for an exclusive lease for a loading ramp and warehouse on Catalina Island used for transporting cargo to the island and the City of Avalon. However, a competitor for the contract waged an aggressive campaign to undo the award of the exclusive lease. In addition to challenging Peacock Piper’s client’s permit to carry cargo before the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), the competitor filed an antitrust lawsuit in federal District Court in Los Angeles. Peacock Piper was successful in having the competitor’s antitrust complaint dismissed three times, the last of which was with prejudice. The case is now pending before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals with oral arguments scheduled for Fall 2019.