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Collusion and Price-Fixing

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.

House with For Sale Sign in Front

How did realtors manage to band together to take anticompetitive actions? The complaint for this class action alleges that the National Association of Realtors (NAR) banded together with four national real estate broker franchises—HomeServices of America, Inc., Keller Williams Realty, Inc., Realogy Holdings Corp., and Re/Max Holdings, Inc.—to set rules for buyer broker commissions. It claims that the arrangement violates antitrust laws.

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.

Pile of Silicone Wristbands

The complaint for this class action alleges that antitrust price-fixing in the business of selling and customizing the silicone wristbands for our favorite charities, the lanyards from which we hang our IDs and keys, and the pin buttons touting slogans or political candidates. Acording to the complaint, the market for these custom promotional products in US is a $22.9 billion industry. Four of the defendants in this case (two companies and two individuals) have already pleaded guilty in a Department of Justice antitrust case, and this case asks for restitution for the people who have paid higher prices because of the defendants’ behavior.

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.

image of a lithium ion battery

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.

image of a bottle of glyberide

            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. 

image of bagged ice

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.

image of the qualcomm logo

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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