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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.

All Nippon Airways Plane at Jetway

All Nippon Airways (ANA) and Japan Air Lines (JAL) are the final parties to settle in an antitrust class action about price-fixing and fuel surcharges on flights across the Pacific originating in the US. The complaint claimed that ANA and JAL agreed to fix prices on tickets and add fuel surcharges for travel between the US and Japan.

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.

Linear Resistor

A number of makers of electronic components have agreed to settle an antitrust case against them for more than $50 million. The complaint alleged that the companies colluded to raise, fix, maintain, or stabilize the price of linear resistors, which is forbidden by the Sherman Act.

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.

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