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John Thorne is Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel of Verizon and an adjunct faculty member at Columbia Law School and the Georgetown University Law Center. He is responsible for Verizon's legal work in the areas of antitrust, intellectual property, and privacy, among other areas.
Mr. Thorne has worked on competitive video entry by Verizon and its predecessor companies for over a decade:
Mr. Thorne won three antitrust cases in the Supreme Court all for failing to state an antitrust claim: Bell Atlantic Corp. v. Twombly, No. 05-1126 (U.S. May 21, 2007); Verizon v. Law Offices of Curtis V. Trinko, LLP, 540 U.S. 398 (2004); NYNEX v. Discon, 525 U.S. 128 (1998). Other antitrust victories include Covad Communications Co. v. Bell Atlantic Corp., 398 F.3d 666, opinion on rehearing, 407 F.3d 1220 (D.C. Cir. 2005); Cavalier Telephone, LLC v. Verizon Virginia, Inc., 330 F.3d 176 (4th Cir. 2003), cert. denied, 124 S. Ct. 1144 (2004); In re Wireless Telephone Services Antitrust Litigation, 385 F. Supp.2d 403 (S.D.N.Y. 2005); Greco v. Verizon Comm. Inc., 2005 WL 659200 (S.D.N.Y. 2005); Robinson v. Verizon Comm. Inc., No. 01-98-KSF (E.D. Ky. 2003); Verizon New Jersey, Inc. v. Ntegrity Telecontent Services, Inc., 219 F. Supp.2d 616 (D.N.J. 2002); Yellow Page Solutions v. Bell Atlantic Yellow Pages Co., 2001 WL 1468168 (S.D.N.Y. 2001).
Significant other matters include:
Mr. Thorne is coauthor of the principal academic treatises on telecommunications law, Federal Telecommunications Law (Aspen 2d ed. 1999 & Supps. 2004-2008), Federal Broadband Law (Little Brown & Co. 1995), and Federal Telecommunications Law (Little Brown & Co. 1992). Recent antitrust articles include Twombly: Naked (Alleged) Conspiracy Doesn't Strip Unilateral Freedom of Action, 7 Engage 46 (Oct. 2006); ACategorical Rule Limiting Section 2 of the Sherman Act: Verizon v. Trinko, 72 U. Chi. L. Rev. 289 (2005); Discounted Bundling by Dominant Firms, 13 Geo. Mason L. Rev. 339 (2005). His remarks to the New York Bar Association on the 20th anniversary of the AT&T breakup were reprinted in Vital Speeches of the Day, May 15, 2004. His keynote address to the Madrid meeting of the International Bar Association, "Five Freedoms," was reprinted in Vital Speeches of the Day, June 1, 2005.
Mr. Thorne was a summa cum laude mathematics major at Kenyon College, Order of the Coif and law review articles editor at Northwestern University Law School, and clerked for Chief Judge Walter Cummings of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.