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Green Tech And Antitrust Intersect: One Recycler Sues Another Over Alleged Anti-Competitive Behavior

Posted  11/16/10
In addition to antitrust, Constantine Cannon has an environmental and sustainability practice and represents green technology companies profiting from wise resource use.  These different disciplines that we work in are reflected in a recent filing we noticed in the federal district court for Connecticut, Environmental Products Corp. (“Envipco”). v. Tomra of North America, Inc. (D. Conn. filed Nov. 4,...

DOJ Sings The Blues Over Michigan Healthcare Prices

Posted  11/5/10
The U.S. Department of Justice and the Michigan Attorney General have filed a civil antitrust lawsuit in the Eastern District of Michigan against Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Michigan’s largest health insurance provider, alleging its agreements with hospitals cause Michigan consumers to pay higher prices for their healthcare and insurance. In United States v. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, the DOJ and...

Agnew Attacks NCAA As Conspiring Cabal of Colleges

Posted  11/4/10
While Joseph Agnew’s complaint against the National Collegiate Athletic Association may not call the NCAA’s institutions “nattering nabobs of negativism,” Agnew in effect alleges that the association is a conspiring cabal of colleges. Agnew, a former Rice University football player, has commenced an antitrust class action against the NCAA.  The complaint filed in Agnew v. NCAA, in the U.S. District Court...

Low Cost Law School Alleges Scheme To Kill Off Competition For Law Students In Southern California

Posted  11/2/10
A Southern California law school is alleging that its low-cost formula for evening law school students is being jeopardized by the anticompetitive acts of its main competitor. The Southern California Institute of Law (“SCIL”) has filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California against TCS Education System, David Figuli, and Global Equities, LTD, alleging that the...

Landmark Antitrust Arbitration Case Gives Up The Ghost

Posted  11/1/10
The landmark United States Supreme Court decision that is expected to be a death blow for class action arbitrations has apparently claimed its first victim, the case itself. Following its loss in the Supreme Court, AnimalFeeds International has voluntarily dismissed its antitrust action – Stolt-Nielsen S.A. et al. v. AnimalFeeds International Corp. – settling its claims of price fixing for the shipment of...

Apple And AT&T Lose Bid To Dismiss Class In Ninth Circuit

Posted  10/26/10
The Ninth Circuit has affirmed class certification for an antitrust action against Apple, involving the length of time that iPhone users must use AT&T’s voice and data services. Judges Diarmuid O'Scannlain and William Fletcher have issued a one-page summary affirmance of the certification, which Judge James Ware of the Northern District of California granted on July 8, 2010. The Ninth Circuit case is Holman v....

Scrap Metal Cartels Facing Global Scrutiny

Posted  10/25/10
A worldwide antitrust crackdown on scrap metal cartels has landed in Korea with the Korean Fair Trade Commission’s recent imposition of a $1.45 million fine against 25 scrap metal processors for price fixing. Scrap metal processors purchase the scraps that are produced by the steel production process.  The processors in turn sort and clean the scrap metal and sell the final product to end users, frequently other...

EU College Of Commissioners May Promote Antitrust Class Action Plan Despite Last Year’s Failing Grade

Posted  10/15/10
Although the American version of class actions may still be viewed as an unwelcome immigrant by businesses in Europe, the European Commission appears to be reviving efforts to fashion its own kinder, gentler, European version of class actions for antitrust violations. Recent reports indicate that the European Commission has gone back to work on an initiative to allow collective actions for damages by parties...

Wells Fargo A Day Late And A Dollar Short In Bid For Visa Check/MasterMoney Settlement Funds

Posted  10/15/10
The Second Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a district court ruling that dismissed belated claims by Wells Fargo to participate in the groundbreaking settlements of the Visa Check/MasterMoney Antitrust Litigation. The settlements, finalized in 2005, involved payment of $3.05 billion by defendants Visa and MasterCard to a plaintiff class of millions of U.S. merchants afflicted by the defendants’ “Honor All...

You Say Potato, Plaintiffs Say Conspiracy In “OPEC Of Potatoes” Case

Posted  10/14/10
A group of Wisconsin consumers is asking the U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Wisconsin to mash the alleged “OPEC of potatoes” in a class action alleging price fixing by a purported cartel of U.S. and Canadian potato growers and their co-conspirators, including leading agricultural technologist Bayer CropScience. This case – Rizzo, et al. v. United Potato Growers of America, Inc. et al. – is...
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