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Court Certifies Chocolate Antitrust Class Action

Posted  01/24/13
A federal judge has certified a class action alleging that The Hershey Company, Mars Inc., and Nestlé U.S. A., Inc. fixed chocolate prices and inflated the prices of chocolate candy starting in 2002. The class action is being brought on behalf of 2,900 wholesalers, grocery stores, and other businesses that directly purchase chocolate from the three companies.  The alleged price-fixing conspiracy has resulted in...

Feds Break Back Of Alleged Oklahoma Chiropractic Price-Fixing Conspiracy

Posted  01/18/13
The Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice has filed a price-fixing complaint, settlement and proposed final judgment against the Oklahoma State Chiropractic Independent Physicians Association (OSCIPA) and its executive director, Larry Bridges, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma. The Antitrust Division alleges in United States of America v. Oklahoma State...

D&B Faces Federal Class Action Alleging “Pay To Play” Scam

Posted  01/15/13
The plaintiff in a federal class action filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington is accusing leading credit reporting company Dun and Bradstreet (“D&B”) and Dun and Bradstreet Credibility Corporation (“DBCC”) of conspiring to use high pressure sales tactics to create a monopoly in the small business credit reporting market. The complaint in O&R Construction, LLC v. Dun and...

Antitrust Enforcers Seek To Slam On The Brakes On NYC Tour Bus Joint Venture

Posted  01/7/13
New York City tourists could see lower prices for “hop-on, hop-off” bus tours if the U.S. government and the State of New York succeed in an antitrust suit filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York that seeks to break up a joint venture that has allegedly monopolized the market. The U.S. Attorney General and New York State Attorney General are suing in U.S. v. Twin America LLC to...

Credit Report Complaint Receives Failing Grade Under Twombly Pleading Standard

Posted  01/2/13
A federal judge in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida has handed Experian and CoreLogic a victory after finding an antitrust complaint against the two credit report companies failed to meet the Twombly pleading standard. As an information repository, Experian collects and stores consumer credit reports.  Both the plaintiff, Credit Bureau Services Inc., and CoreLogic purchase data from...

Taxi Companies Drive By Some Antitrust Claims But Get Flagged By Others

Posted  12/20/12
A federal judge in Texas has dismissed several claims but denied defendants full summary judgment in Association of Taxicab Operators USA et al. v. Yellow Checker Cab Co. of Dallas/Fort Worth Inc. et al., an ongoing antitrust case in which plaintiffs allege a group of Dallas Fort-Worth area cab companies created a monopoly to fix taxi stand rates. Judge David Godbey of the U.S. District Court for the Northern...

Advocate General Urges European Court To Get Strict With Parents Of Misbehaving Subsidiaries

Posted  12/18/12
The European Court of Justice is being urged to get stricter with parents of misbehaving subsidiaries in an appeal that highlights the controversial issue of to what extent parent companies should be held liable for illegal cartel activities committed by their wholly-owned subsidiaries. Juliane Kokott, the German Advocate General at the Court of Justice of the European Union, has submitted a brief to the European...

European General Court Shuts Down Fishing Expedition In Competition Investigation

Posted  12/11/12
The European General Court has ruled that the European Commission overstepped its authority by conducting a broad reaching competition investigation in electric cable markets that amounted to a “fishing expedition.” The General Court annulled much of a European Commission decision that ordered an inspection of Nexans SA and its wholly-owned subsidiary Nexans France SAS – two French companies active in the...

Sky Angel Alleges It Was Shot Down By C-SPAN Boycott

Posted  12/6/12
Online video distributor Sky Angel LLC has filed an antitrust complaint against C-SPAN in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, accusing the news broadcaster of violating the antitrust laws by favoring traditional cable providers. Unlike traditional cable companies, Sky Angel provides customers with a receiver box that uses an Internet connection to deliver more than 50 channels of “programs that...

Virtual Currency Company Seeks to Make Facebook Pay With Antitrust Suit

Posted  11/28/12
Kickflip, Inc. has filed an antitrust complaint against Facebook Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware, alleging that Facebook unlawfully tied its virtual currency, Facebook Credits, to games available for play on the social network. Virtual currency, which is purchased with real money or earned by viewing advertisements or completing tasks within a game, can be used to purchase virtual goods...
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