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Cold Blue Cars Parked Beside One Warm Yellow Car

This settlement resolves a class action alleging that the defendants conspired to fix or raise the price of aftermarket parking heaters. Parking heaters are used to heat commercial vehicles without running the vehicle’s engine. They include both air heaters and water or “coolant” heaters and associated accessories.

Building with Bayer Sign on Side

The complaint for this class action is almost word-for-word identical to one filed at the end of June, from a different plaintiff, alleging that an anticompetitive conspiracy has existed in the US since at least January 1, 2016 to raise the price of MDIs and TDIs, which are precursor ingredients for foam and related products.

Hearst Communications Logo

Online media sites, such as Facebook and Google, have captured a great deal of advertising revenue that once went to television broadcasters. Broadcast audiences are also older than they used to be, as young people spend more time online and with cable television. The complaint for this class action claims that a number of broadcasters conspired to fix and/or raise prices for local advertising, in order to stop prices from falling.

Eversource Energy Logo

Eversource Energy and Avangrid, Inc. are energy suppliers in New England. The complaint for this class action alleges that the two companies engaged in a conspiracy to raise the price of electricity for wholesale buyers—interestingly, by manipulating the price of natural gas.

Crowd of Pigs

The complaint for this antitrust class action alleges that producers of pork conspired to raise prices on their products since at least 2009, with the help of an industry data-sharing serving called Agri Stats, Inc. Pork products include pig meat (fresh or frozen), smoked ham, sausage, and bacon.

Car Disassembled into Parts

This is the third round of settlements in an antitrust class action that alleges that makers of automobile parts or components conspired to fix prices. The case is continuing with additional defendants. The settling companies in this round include the following:

Room lined with NGC Drywall

A settlement has been reached with the final defendants in an antitrust case alleging that manufacturers conspired to manipulate the price of drywall and to eliminate the longstanding practice of limiting price rises during a construction project through the use of “job quotes.” Previously, settlements were reached with TIN, USG, and LaFarge, and have been approved.

Covestro Plant

The complaint for this class action alleges that an anticompetitive conspiracy has existed in the US to raise the price of MDIs and TDIs, which are precursor ingredients for foam and related products, since at least January 1, 2016.

Micron DRAM

When a handful of companies control 95% of a market, it is much easier to make anticompetitive arrangements. That has been the situation in the DRAM market, and the complaint for this class action claims that makers of DRAM components did in fact conspire to fix and inflate prices, causing price rises of, on average, more than 300% during the class period.

Three Pieces of Raw Pork

The complaint for this class action details what it alleges is an anticompetitive conspiracy among the principal pork producers and a provider of statistics that has allowed them to raise pork prices since 2009. The complaint claims that the conspiracy violates federal antitrust laws.

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