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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...

It’s Not “Over Easy” For Remaining Defendants In Egg Antitrust Litigation

Posted  11/4/11
After denying four of six motions to dismiss just three weeks earlier, a federal judge in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania denied an additional motion to dismiss that was primarily aimed at limiting the scope of discovery in the In re Processed Egg Products Antitrust Litigation. The plaintiffs allege that Defendant egg producers and trade groups engaged in a conspiracy to manipulate the supply of, and thereby...

NBA Legend Bill Russell Challenges NCAA In Court

Posted  10/14/11
Basketball legend Bill Russell, who led the Boston Celtics dynasty that dominated the NBA in the 1960s, is charging down court once again, but this time it’s in a federal – not a basketball – court. The former basketball star at the University of San Francisco, five-time winner of the NBA Most Valuable Player Award and a 12-time All-Star, is suing the NCAA, the Collegiate Licensing Company (“CLC”) and...

Federal Judge Gives Green Light To Texas Taxicab Suit

Posted  10/7/11
Federal Judge David C. Godbey of the Northern District of Texas has green lighted a suit alleging taxicab companies conspired to monopolize by fixing prices that drivers must pay to operate a taxicab in certain counties in the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area. The judge denied the defendants’ motion to dismiss the plaintiffs’ complaint in Association of Taxicab Operators USA v. Yellow Checker Cab Company of...

Bridgestone Pleads Guilty To Hosing Bids For Marine Hose

Posted  10/3/11
The U.S. Department of Justice has announced that Tokyo based manufacturer Bridgestone Corp. has agreed to plead guilty to rigging bids and making corrupt payments to government officials in Latin America related to the sale of marine hose and other industrial products. As part of the plea bargain struck with the Department of Justice, Bridgestone is pleading guilty to violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices...

European Commission Gets Split Decision In Beer And Acrylic Glass Antitrust Appeals

Posted  09/28/11
The European Commission has received a split decision in two appeals of multi-million euro fines it imposed for anticompetitive conduct in beer and acrylic glass markets. The European General Court has annulled the European Commission’s 31.66 million euro antitrust fine assessed against beer brewer Koninklijke Grolsch NV.  In case T-234/07, Koninklijke Grolsch v. Commission, the European General Court focused on...

Federal Judge Red Lights Truck Rental Price-Fixing Case Against U-Haul

Posted  09/6/11
A federal judge in Massachusetts has dismissed a putative class action that claimed that U-Haul International Inc. and its parent company, Amerco engaged in a truck rental price-fixing scheme. The plaintiff in Liu v. Amerco alleged that U-Haul and Amerco engaged in an unfair or deceptive act in violation of Massachusetts law, and caused prices for truck rentals to rise, by inviting competitor Avis Budget Group Inc....

AstraZeneca Settles Idaho Price Inflation Lawsuit for $2.5 Million

Posted  09/1/11
After more than four years of litigation, AstraZeneca has agreed to pay $2.5 million to settle State of Idaho v. Alpharma USPD Inc. et al., an action brought by the Idaho attorney general alleging that the pharmaceutical company violated the Idaho Consumer Protection Act by inflating the average wholesale price of its drugs. The Idaho attorney general brought the lawsuit against various pharmaceutical companies,...

District Court Denies Snap Judgment In Fasteners Class Action

Posted  08/31/11
The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania has denied a motion in the In re Fasteners Antitrust Litigation class action to dismiss antitrust claims alleging that YKK and other fastener manufacturers engaged in price fixing. Defendants sought dismissal of the claims on grounds of statute of limitations and lack of evidence. The class action was filed in May 2010, by apparel manufacturers who...
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