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Antitrust

Box for Humira and Humira Pen

Humira is the best-selling drug in the US, which means significant profits for its makers AbbVie, Inc. and AbbVie Biotechnology, Ltd. The complaint for this class action alleges that the companies sought to keep their monopoly on the drug by unfair methods, even after its patent has expired, by bogus patents and deals with would-be competitors. The complaint brings suit under the Sherman Act, and under state laws forbidding pay-for-delay agreements, monopolization, and unfair conduct.

Caustic Soda Flakes

How do you raise prices for a substance in a market with low margins, declining prices, and an oversupply—like the one for caustic soda a few years ago? According to the complaint for this antitrust class action, some makers decided to take concerted, anticompetitive measures, from the fourth quarter of 2015 to the present.

Person Putting Invisalign Aligner on Teeth

This class action is an antitrust case against Align Technology, Inc. concerning its aligners and scanners used to straighten teeth in dental and orthodontic practices. The complaint alleges that Align has used its aligners and scanners to solidify its hold on both markets and block competitors from succeeding in those markets.

General Electric Gas Anesthesia Machine

This complaint alleges General Electric and subsidiaries have conspired to block competition for the servicing of GE’s gas anesthesia machines. It brings suit under the Sherman antitrust laws—not on behalf of the those so blocked, but on behalf of those who must pay higher prices to have their machines serviced.

Company Cars Lined Up in Lot at CIS

Can two companies, a law firm, and a few individuals restrain trade in the security guard industry in a state? The complaint for this class action alleges that Critical Intervention Services, Inc. (CIS), the KPP Security Group (KPP), the Solomon Law Group, PA, and four people did exactly that. It alleges that the companies “entered customer allocation and no-poaching or no-hiring agreements with competing private security companies throughout Florida and beyond.” The complaint claims violations of the Sherman Act.

Different Kinds of Viega Press Pipe Fittings

Can a single company enforce a monopoly in a market, even if other manufacturers sell similar goods at lower prices? The complaint for this class action alleges that Viega, LLC used its exclusive position with one kind of pipe fitting to prevent customers from buying other kinds from competitors. 

H&R Block Logo

H&R Block has over 10,000 of its own offices, in the US and elsewhere, plus 3,300 franchises across the US. The complaint for this class action alleges that the company does not permit its various corporate-owned offices and franchises to compete with each other for employees. Such no-poach agreements violate antitrust laws. 

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.

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.

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