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Sham Litigation Claims Against Wellbutrin XL Manufacturer, Distributor Fail
Posted on 15 May 2012 by Mealeys

PHILADELPHIA - A federal judge in Pennsylvania on May 11 granted summary judgment to the producers and distributors of Wellbutrin XL on direct and indirect purchasers' claims that the defendants illegally conspired to prevent generic versions of the... Read More

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Wal-Mart Files Suit Against Visa Seeking $5 Billion Over 'Swipe Fees'
Posted on 28 Mar 2014 by Mealeys

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and other retailers filed a complaint on March 25 in an Arkansas federal court against Visa U.S.A. Inc., alleging that Visa worked with banks to illegally inflate the "swipe fees" retailers pay for Visa... Read More

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Injunction, Civil Penalty For Illicit Cigarette Sales On Indian Land Upheld
Posted on 19 Oct 2017 by Mealeys

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - A California court correctly imposed a $765,000 civil penalty against a man for illegal cigarette sales at two smoke shops on Indian land because neither federal law nor tribal sovereignty preempts the state's regulation and enforcement... Read More

Holding Company 'Transacts Business' For Purposes Of Jurisdiction, Judge Rules
Posted on 23 Jul 2012 by Mealeys

NEW YORK - The contacts of a manufacturer of Vitamin C that is accused of participating in an illegal cartel to fix prices and limit supply for exports of vitamin C to the United States may be imputed to its holding company, a federal judge in New York... Read More

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Federal Judge Dismisses Suit Against EBay Lending Program
Posted on 27 May 2014 by Mealeys

SALT LAKE CITY - A federal judge in Utah on May 23 granted eBay Inc. and PayPal Inc. affiliate Bill Me Later's (BML) motion to dismiss a putative class action in which a consumer alleges that the interest rates charged to him on a computer purchase... Read More

Judge Bars Some Competition Law Privacy Claims, Allows Others
Posted on 9 May 2012 by Mealeys

SAN FRANCISCO - A man's claim that he was enrolled in a privacy protection plan without his consent and that the resulting fees caused him to overdraft from his bank account give him standing to pursue his Consumer Legal Remedies Act (CLRA), California... Read More

China Ministry Statements Excluded From Cartel Trial Against Chinese Manufacturers
Posted on 4 Oct 2012 by Mealeys

NEW YORK - Written statements of the Ministry of Commerce of the People's Republic of China, although relevant to the defenses of Chinese corporations accused of participating in an illegal cartel to fix prices and limit supply for exports of vitamin... Read More

Tying Arrangement Does Not Violate Antitrust Law, Illinois Federal Judge Rules
Posted on 18 Mar 2013 by Mealeys

CHICAGO - A federal judge in Illinois on March 13 dismissed a class action filed by a purchaser against a concert promoter who claimed that the promoter illegally tied ticket sales to parking fees in violation of the Illinois Consumer Fraud and Deceptive... Read More

N.Y. Federal Judge Will Not Consider Veil Piercing In Vitamin C Price-Fixing Case
Posted on 25 Feb 2013 by Mealeys

NEW YORK - The holding company of a vitamin C manufacturer must defend claims against it in litigation alleging that Chinese corporations participated in an illegal cartel to fix prices and limit supply for exports of vitamin C to the United States, a... Read More

Federal Judge Dismisses Claims From Overdraft Fees Class Action
Posted on 28 Oct 2013 by Mealeys

SAN FRANCISCO - A federal judge in California on Oct. 25 granted in part and denied in part Umpqua Bank's motion for judgment on the pleadings in a putative class action alleging that the bank illegally reordered customers' debit card transactions... Read More

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - 2 Claims Alleging Deceptive Labeling Of Fage Greek Yogurt Survive Dismissal Motion
Posted on 3 Oct 2016 by Mealeys

NEW YORK - A New York federal judge on Sept. 28 allowed two claims alleging deceptive labeling on one line of Fage Greek yogurt under California Business and Professions Code Section 17200, et seq., and the California Consumers Legal Remedies Act (CLRA... Read More

Federal Judge Certifies Class Of Health Care Purchasers In Hospital Merger Case
Posted on 13 Dec 2013 by Mealeys

CHICAGO - End payers who purchased inpatient and outpatient health care services directly from NorthShore University HealthSystem and alleged that NorthShore illegally monopolized the market for such services following the merger of hospitals demonstrated... Read More

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Barnes & Noble Seeks Spoliation Sanctions Against False Advertising Plaintiff
Posted on 9 Nov 2015 by Mealeys

SANTA ANA, Calif. - The lead plaintiff in a putative class action alleging violations of California's Consumers Legal Remedies Act (CLRA) engaged in spoliation by disposing of his computer's hard drive containing pertinent emails, Barnes &... Read More

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Federal Judge Finds Labeling Violations Are Predicate Unlawful Acts Under UCL
Posted on 2 Jun 2015 by Mealeys

SAN FRANCISCO - A federal judge in California on May 27 granted plaintiffs' two motions for partial summary judgment in their class action suit accusing a manufacturer of cosmetic products of improperly labeling its products as organic in violation... Read More

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Portions Of UCL Claims Remain In Class Suit Over 'Unsafe' Dog Bone
Posted on 4 Aug 2015 by Mealeys

SAN DIEGO - A federal judge in California on July 30 left portions of claims for violations of the state's Consumers Legal Remedies Act (CLRA) and unfair competition law (UCL), as well as fraud and negligent misrepresentation, but dismissed all other... Read More

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