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Sign Saying, "Price Reduced. Foreclosure. Bank Owned."

This class action brings an antitrust suit against The Estates, LLC, and other associated groups for alleged bid-rigging among those who bid on foreclosed homes. The plaintiffs are former homeowners who claim to have been paid less for their properties because of the Estates rules that limit bidding by members. 

Hard Disk Drive with Triangular Suspension Assembly at Center of Image

This is one of a number of antitrust class actions against companies that make hard disk drive (HDD) suspension assemblies sold in the US. The complaint alleges that the companies conspired to eliminate competition, fix prices, and allocate markets and it brings suit on behalf of indirect purchasers of the products.

Santarus Glumetza Label

What’s a fair price for a thirty-day supply of the extended-release diabetes medicine Glumetza—generic name metformin? Is it $55 or $2,200? The complaint for this class action alleges that a number of companies conspired to limit the entry of generic versions of Glumetza to the market. The defendants in this antitrust suit are Bausch Health Compaines, Inc. (formerly Valeant Pharmaceuticals International), Salix Pharmaceuticals, Ltd., Salix Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Santarus, Inc., Assertio Therapeutics, Inc. (formerly Depomed, Inc.), Lupin Pharmaceuticals, Inc., and Lupin, Ltd.

Hard Disk Drive with Triangular Suspension Assembly at Center of Image

Hard disk drives (HDDs) use a component called an HDD suspension assembly. The complaint for this class action alleges that a long list of HDD suspension assembly makers and suppliers conspired to fix prices and allocate markets for those components. The defendants include NHK Spring Co. Ltd.; NHK International Corporation; NAT Peripheral (Hong Kong) Co., Ltd.; NAT Peripheral (Dong Guan) Co., Ltd.; NHK Spring (Thailand) Co., Ltd.; TDK Corporation; Magnecomp Precision Technology Public Co. Ltd.; SAE Magnetics (H.K.) LTD; Hutchinson Technology Inc.

Hard Disk Drive Suspension Assembly in Position Over Hard Disk

Hard disk drive (HDD) suspension assemblies are components of hard disk assemblies. The complaint for this antitrust class action alleges that an international group of companies who makes these components entered into anticompetitive conspiracy to raise prices and allot market shares for their products. The complaint charges that the members include Headway Technologies, Inc., Hutchinson Technology Inc., Magnecomp Precision Technology Public Co. Ltd., NAT Peripheral (Dong Guan) Co., Ltd., NAT Peripheral (HK) Co., Ltd., NHK Spring Co. Ltd., NHK International Corporation, NHK Spring (Thailand) Co., Ltd., NHK Spring Precision (Guangzhou) Co, Ltd., SAE Magnetics (HK) Ltd., and TDK Corporation.

McDonald's Sign with the Golden Arches Above

This class action is another antitrust lawsuit brought because of a fast food company’s “no-poach” policy of refusing to let franchisees compete for each other’s workers. The defendants this time are McDonald’s USA, LLC and McDonald’s Corporation.

H&R Block Logo

Agreements in which employers or franchises agree not to hire each other’s workers are known as no-poach agreements. They are common, but they are also not legal, because they violate antitrust laws by restraining competition for workers. Lately, fast-food franchises have been targeted by class actions for their no-poach agreements. This class action bring suit against tax preparers H&R Block, Inc. and H&R Block Tax Services, LLC.

Zytiga Box and Bottle

Patents are a tricky topic. They take years to acquire; they expire eventually; and even after they are acquired, they can be declared invalid. The last two points are the concern of this class action against Janssen Biotech, Inc., two other Janssen companies, and partner BTG International Limited. The complaint argues that when the patent on their very lucrative drug Zytiga expired, the companies kept generic competitors at bay with an invalid patent, thus requiring consumers and insurers to pay more for the drug than they would have if generics had been allowed on the market.

Beef Cattle in Field

This antitrust class action brings suit against a number of beef packers for colluding to depress the prices of fed cattle. Because the packers earn their money from the “meat margin”—the spread between the price of fed cattle and the price at which the meat is sold—the companies allegedly decided to earn more by depressing the price of the cattle. The defendants in this case include Tyson, JBS, Swift, Cargill, Marfrig, and National.

Viega Copper Press Fittings

Viega, LLC makes fittings. The complaint for this class action brings suit against it under federal and state antitrust laws, alleging that the company has engaged in anticompetitive behavior in the market for copper press fittings and carbon steel press fittings.

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