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Collusion and Price-Fixing

Foreclosure Sale Sign

Plaintiff Wallace Francis, guardian ad litem for April Wagner brings this class action alleging bid rigging in the foreclosure sale of her home while she was incapable of managing her own affairs. Previously, in March 2014, defendants Michael A. Navone and Mohammed Rezaian pleaded guilty to federal felony charges of bid rigging in foreclosure sales, including the paying of bribes to ensure that otherwise interested bidders would not participate in foreclosure sales, that notices of foreclosures sales would not be properly published, and that locations would be in a small part of a large property, so that other interested bidders would not be able to find the sale in time. The complaint alleges that, although the two are on federal probation, they and others used similar techniques in this case to deprive Wagner, a sixty-two-year-old woman, of her property at an outrageously low price, to enlarge their own profits.

Eggs

This combined class action alleges that the many defendants illegally conspired to reduce the supply of eggs in the US domestic market, by means such as agreements to limit or dispose of hen flocks, a pretextual animal welfare program designed to reduce the egg supply, agreements to export eggs to remove them from the domestic market, and unlawful coercion to make sure others complied.

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The plaintiffs in this lawsuit allege that the defendents, including SONY, LG, Hitachi, Maxell and NEC, conspired to raise and fix the prices of cylindrical Li-Ion Cells for over ten years, resulting in overcharges to indirect purchasers of portable computers, camcorders, and power tools containing Li-Ion Cylindrical Batteries.

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            This class action lawsuit alleges that Heritage Pharmaceuticals conspired to raise prices of glyburide and made illegal agreements with co-conspirator manufactures to allocate customers in the glyburide market. 

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The plaintiffs in this lawsuit allege that Home City Ice Company and other competitors engaged in an antitrust scheme to fix and raise the price of packaged bags of ice.

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This class action lawsuit claims that Qualcomm maintained a monopoly in baseband processors by engaging in illegal patent, contract, licensing, and dealing practices.

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The plaintiffs in this lawsuit allege that Dow unlawfully agreed to fix, raise, maintain or stabilize the prices of Polyether Polyol Products sold in the United States and its territories during the period from January 1, 1999 through December 31, 2004 in violation of the federal antitrust laws.

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This lawsuit claims that Fougera engaged in a conspiracy to fix, raise, maintain, and stabilize the prices of their Econazole antifungal cream by making agreements with generic manufacturers to keep prices high.

            An ongoing legal investigation is questioning the practices of many lab companies and their charging practices.  Many insurance companies have agreements with labs that they will only be charged a discounted rate for medical lab fees.  Consumers that do not have insurance or who’s insurance is denied do not have this advantage and often pay a much higher price for the same testing.

The plaintiffs in this lawsuit allege that Fiat Chrysler (FCA) has engaged in and continues to engage in a performance driving program dubbed “Volume Growth Program” (VGP) in which dealers that sell higher volumes of vehicles can attain a VGP status.  The VGP program provides dealerships subsidies on each and every new motor vehicles sale that other dealerships cannot attain and has led to many dealers falsifying sales reports.  This unfair competition scheme sows a “pattern of racketeering activity” and has allowed to company to used false sales numbers to increase its stock as well as invest in conspiring dealerships.

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