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Antitrust

Example of Bond Certificate

At times, government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs) issue bonds to fund what the complaint for this class action calls “economic and public policy mandates.” The complaint for this class action claims that dealers in these bonds conspired to fix their prices in a way that would earn the dealers more money, in violation of antitrust laws.

Children's Toys

The US permits au pairs to live and work in the US on J-1 visas. This lawsuit claims that the sponsors of the programs misrepresented that the au pair stipend was a fixed amount of $195.75 per week when in actuality that was a minimum amount. The complaint claims that the misrepresentation violated federal, state, and local laws, including antitrust laws on fixing wages.

Arby's Sandwich with Meat and Cheese on a Bum

This is another among many antitrust class actions being brought against fast food companies for the no-poach clauses in their franchise agreements. As in other cases, the complaint alleges that the clauses are anticompetitive and keep wages low.

H&R Block Green Square Logo

Fast food outlets apparently aren’t the only businesses that put no-poach provisions into their franchise agreements. The complaint for this class action brings this antitrust case claiming that H&R Block, Inc. and H&R Block Tax Services, LLC also engaged in this anticompetitive practice.

Jen-Weld Door

What’s a doorskin? It’s a part of the most popular type of interior door sold in North America, the interior molded door. The complaint for this class action claims that Masonite Corporation and Jeld-Wen, Inc. violated antitrust laws despite a US Department of Justice (DOJ) effort to avoid this. 

Papa John's Pizza

Papa John’s is the fourth-largest pizza company in the world, the complaint for this class action says. As such, the complaint alleges, its no-poach agreements are likely to have an anticompetitive effect on the labor market.

Swimming Event from 2015 FINA World Championships

This antitrust class action takes on the Fédération Internationale de Natation (FINA), or the International Federation of Swimming. The complaint alleges that FINA controls swimmers’ access to participation in the Olympics and uses that control to keep swimmers’ pay low and to prevent any similar organization from entering the market. 

Espar Parking Heater

Espar, Inc., Webasto Products North America, and other related companies are settling a class action alleging that they conspired to fix the price of parking heaters. The complaint alleged that the companies’ agreements were violations of antitrust laws and that they resulted in consumers paying higher prices for the heaters than they should have.

Jiffy Lube Shop

Jiffy Lube has more than 2,000 shops across the US, and the complaint for this class action claims that it has no-poach provisions in its standard franchise agreements. The complaint alleges that wages at Jiffy Lube shops are low and that the no-poach provisions are part of the reason. 

Burger King Meal with Burger, Fries, and Drink

The complaint for this class action alleges that Burger King franchises are required to agree to no-poach agreements and that these agreements are anticompetitive and illegal and keep worker wages down.

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