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Sixth Circuit Saves Air Conditioner Manufacturer’s Claims From The Deep Freeze

Posted  03/30/12
The United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit has revived the antitrust claims of Carrier Corporation, the world’s largest manufacturer of air conditioners, which is suing producers of copper tubing for allegedly participating in an international customer and market allocation scheme. The Sixth Circuit reversed the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee, which had dismissed the...

British Propose Lowering Bar For Prison In Cartel Cases

Posted  03/28/12
The United Kingdom’s Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), has announced that the Government plans to introduce legislation that would lower the threshold for criminal prosecution in cartel cases. Under the proposed law, the prosecution would no longer have to prove an individual’s dishonesty in entering into a cartel agreement. The cartel offense was introduced by the Enterprise Act of 2002....

French Toss Salad Price-Fixing Conspirators With Fines

Posted  03/20/12
Autorite de la Concurrence, the French competition authority, has fined French endive growers and trade organizations nearly 4 million euro ($5.2 million) for engaging in a 14-year price-fixing conspiracy that began in 1998. Endive (which is also known as chicory) is a bitter leaf vegetable that can be cooked or eaten raw.  While endive is not very common in the United States, it is the fourth most consumed...

Vitamin C Plaintiffs Ward Off Challenges To Class Rep Status

Posted  02/17/12
Class representatives and their counsel in the Vitamin C Antitrust Litigation have won another initial round in their suit alleging that Chinese vitamin C manufacturers conspired to fix prices and to limit the output of vitamin C exported to the United States. Federal Judge Brian Cogan of the Eastern District of New York has rejected all but one of defendants’ arguments seeking disqualification of class...

Nation’s Largest Seafood Company On The Hook In Fisherman Antitrust Litigation

Posted  02/10/12
A federal judge in Oregon has certified a class of fishermen in an antitrust lawsuit against Pacific Seafood Group, the nation’s largest seafood company. The plaintiffs in Whaley et al. v. Pacific Seafood Group, et al. claim that defendants, Pacific Seafood and Ocean Gold Seafoods, Inc., used market shares of 50 to 70 percent to monopolize the Dungeness crab, Oregon coldwater shrimp, groundfish, and whiting...

FTC Charges Pipe Fitting Price Fixing

Posted  01/18/12
The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) has filed a complaint alleging price fixing against the three largest U.S. suppliers of ductile iron pipe fittings – Star Pipe Products, Ltd., McWane, Inc., and Sigma Corp. The FTC alleges that these three competitors violated Section 5 of the Federal Trade Commission Act ("FTCA") by conspiring to fix prices for ductile iron pipe fittings, which are used in municipal water...

Got Cert? These Northeast Dairy Farmers Don't – Not Yet, Anyway

Posted  12/29/11
On December 9, Chief Judge Christina Reiss of the District of Vermont denied the plaintiff dairy farmers' motion for class certification in Allen v. Dairy Farmers of America, Inc., 2011 WL 6148678 (D. Vt. Dec. 9, 2011).  However, Judge Reiss invited plaintiffs to renew their motion after addressing issues with their expert report. Plaintiffs are New York and Vermont dairy farmers.  Defendants are Dairy Farmers of...

Horizon Lines Settles Remaining Claims In Shipping Antitrust Action

Posted  12/14/11
Horizon Lines Inc., one of the largest ocean shipping companies in the United States, has entered into a $13.75 million settlement agreement with a group of shippers who had opted out of a class action against the company. The shippers alleged that Horizon entered into a conspiracy with other carriers, including Sea Star Line, Crowley Maritime Corp. and Trailer Bridge Inc., to fix prices by increasing their rates...

European Commission Rolls Out Investigation Of Bearings Makers

Posted  11/21/11
The European Commission recently raided SKF AB, Schaeffler Group, and the offices of other European rolling bearings makers to investigate whether they violated European antitrust rules. The companies manufacture bearings for the automotive and aerospace industries. The Commission is investigating whether the companies violated European Union (“EU”) laws prohibiting cartels and restrictive business practices...

Class Action Accuses Dairy Producers Of Reducing Herds To Increase Milk Prices

Posted  11/10/11
A class action filed in the Northern District of California on behalf of U.S. consumers of milk and other dairy products is alleging that dairy producers prematurely slaughtered more than half a million cows to drive up the prices of dairy products. The plaintiffs in Matthew Edwards et al., v. National Milk Producers Federation, aka Cooperatives Working Together et al. allege that from 2003 to 2010 several dairy...
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