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Antitrust

Pile of Silicone Wristbands

The complaint for this class action alleges that antitrust price-fixing in the business of selling and customizing the silicone wristbands for our favorite charities, the lanyards from which we hang our IDs and keys, and the pin buttons touting slogans or political candidates. Acording to the complaint, the market for these custom promotional products in US is a $22.9 billion industry. Four of the defendants in this case (two companies and two individuals) have already pleaded guilty in a Department of Justice antitrust case, and this case asks for restitution for the people who have paid higher prices because of the defendants’ behavior.

Natural gas flames

Two more defendants have agreed to a settlement in a larger antitrust class action that alleges that natural gas companies conspired to manipulate the price of natural gas for commercial or industrial buyers in Kansas, Missouri, and Wisconsin between January 1, 2000 and October 31, 2002.

The companies that have agreed to this settlement are as follows:

Natural gas flames

Four defendants have agreed to a settlement in a larger antitrust class action that alleges that natural gas companies conspired to manipulate the price of natural gas for commercial or industrial buyers in Kansas, Missouri, and Wisconsin between January 1, 2000 and October 31, 2002.

The companies that have agreed to this settlement are as follows:

Eggs

This combined class action alleges that the many defendants illegally conspired to reduce the supply of eggs in the US domestic market, by means such as agreements to limit or dispose of hen flocks, a pretextual animal welfare program designed to reduce the egg supply, agreements to export eggs to remove them from the domestic market, and unlawful coercion to make sure others complied.

Davis Vision

This antitrust class action has been brought against Davis Vision and related parties, alleging that the company has used its market dominance as a provider of vision insurance benefits to enforce anticompetitive and other unlawful practices in the Pennsylvania eye care market.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM) has agreed to a proposed settlement that alleges that BCBSM violated federal and state antitrust laws with certain clauses in its contracts with certain Michigan hospitals that resulted in inflated prices for medical care.

The plaintiffs in this case allege that certain companies conspired to fix, raise, maintain, or stabilize the prices of capacitors, and that customers therefore had to pay more for capacitors than they would have otherwise.

image of a lithium ion battery

The plaintiffs in this lawsuit allege that the defendents, including SONY, LG, Hitachi, Maxell and NEC, conspired to raise and fix the prices of cylindrical Li-Ion Cells for over ten years, resulting in overcharges to indirect purchasers of portable computers, camcorders, and power tools containing Li-Ion Cylindrical Batteries.

image of a bottle of glyberide

            This class action lawsuit alleges that Heritage Pharmaceuticals conspired to raise prices of glyburide and made illegal agreements with co-conspirator manufactures to allocate customers in the glyburide market. 

image of bagged ice

The plaintiffs in this lawsuit allege that Home City Ice Company and other competitors engaged in an antitrust scheme to fix and raise the price of packaged bags of ice.

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