European Journal of Law and Economics

, Volume 36, Issue 2, pp 243–269

Injunctive and reverse settlements in competition-blocking litigation


DOI: 10.1007/s10657-011-9279-y

Cite this article as:
Hylton, K.N. & Cho, S. Eur J Law Econ (2013) 36: 243. doi:10.1007/s10657-011-9279-y


We distinguish standard settlements, in which the status quo is preserved, and injunctive settlements, which prohibit the defendant’s activity. The reverse (payment) 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.


LitigationReverse payment settlementsInjunctive settlementsPatent infringement litigationWaiver agreementsAntidumping

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Boston UniversityBostonUSA
  2. 2.Chicago-Kent College of LawChicagoUSA