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Bottle of Revlimid Pills

Celgene Corporation is paying $55 million to settle antitrust class actions about its drugs Thalomid and Revlimid. The complaints alleged that the company acted to keep generics of the drugs off the market for a time, forcing consumers to pay more for the drugs than they would have with open market competition.

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.

This class action sues HP Enterprise Services, LLC and HP, Inc., for a Workforce Reduction Plan that the complaint says discriminates by age. It points out that, as of October 2015, over 85% of California-based workers terminated under the plan are 40 years of age or older.

Front Label of Provigil Container

An antitrust class action and an antitrust case brought by the California Attorney General (CAAG) on the same topic are being settled at the same time. The suits claim that drug companies conspired to keep prices of the original drug Provigil high by delaying the introduction of generics and (in the CAAG suit) of Nuvigil.

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.

Liquid Aluminum Sulfate in Beaker

Six different settlements are intended to resolve combined antitrust class actions alleging that a group of defendants hurt competition and violated antitrust and consumer protection laws. The complaints alleged that the companies allocated customers and markets for, and fixed the price of, liquid aluminum sulfate (alum) in certain states, causing indirect purchasers to pay too much for it.

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.

Disassembled Car with All Parts Laid Out

This is at least the fourth round of settlements in a long-running consolidated class action with a large number of defendants. The complaints alleged that makers of auto parts conspired to fix or manipulate the prices of parts purchased directly from them.

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