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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.

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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.

Air New Zealand Plane in Flight

In an ongoing class action, four more airlines have agreed to settle a class action alleging antitrust violations. The airlines are Air New Zealand Limited, China Airlines, Ltd., EVA Airways Corporation, and Philippine Airlines, Inc. The complaint alleges that the airlines conspired to fix prices for travel originating in the US and going to Asia and Oceania.

Los Angeles Highways

Did companies keep the price of gasoline high in California while the rest of the country was enjoying lower prices? The complaint for this antitrust class action claims that a conspiracy kept the price as much as $1.50 higher than the national average, and that Californians paid $10 billion more for gas than they should have. Among the methods allegedly used, the complaint cites false maintenance shutdowns and the sustaining of shortages by exporting gasoline supplies out of California. 

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