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Texas Dairy Company Settles Vermont Antitrust Lawsuit

MONTPELIER, Vt. - (AP) A national dairy processor says it is going to pay $30 million to settle a class-action lawsuit filed by dairy farmers from Vermont and other northeastern states that accused the firm of violating federal antitrust laws. The news of the settlement between Dean Foods and the farmers...

High Court's Certiorari Denial Allows Digital Music Antitrust Class To Proceed

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) The U.S. Supreme Court on Jan. 10 declined to grant a petition for certiorari filed by the nation's four top record labels, which sought review of a ruling by the Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals that allowed a group of consumers to pursue antitrust class claims...

Some Dairy Farmers Not Keen On Class Action Settlement

FAIRFIELD, Vt. - (AP) Some dairy farmers aren't sweet on part of a proposed $30 million settlement with a giant dairy processor that they say could hurt their income. The proposal would settle a class-action antitrust lawsuit filed in 2009 by five Northeastern dairy farms, who accused Dallas-based...

Judge Dismisses Video Game Maker From NCAA Antitrust Lawsuit

SAN FRANCISCO - (AP) A federal judge has dismissed video game maker Electronic Arts Inc. from a high-profile antitrust lawsuit challenging the NCAA's long-standing prohibition against paying student athletes for their performance. But U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken on Monday refused to drop the...

3rd Circuit Reinstates Certification Of Nationwide Class Settlement In De Beers Diamond Case

In Sullivan v. DB Investments, Inc. ("Sullivan II"), No. 08-2784, 2011 U.S. App. LEXIS 25185 (3d Cir. Dec. 20, 2011) (en banc), the Third Circuit reinstated the district court's certification of a nationwide class settlement comprising indirect and direct purchasers of diamonds from De...

Abbey Spanier LLP: LCD Screen Makers Settle MDL Antitrust Class Action For Nearly $1B

by Joshua Druckerman LCD screens are everywhere. These power-efficient, lightweight, and slim liquid crystal displays are ubiquitous in just about everything in consumer and industrial electronics these days. Televisions, cars, laptops, cell phones, computer monitors, MP3 players, and many other devices...

Antitrust Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against Major League Baseball Over Live Game Videos

NEW YORK - (Mealey's) Four baseball fans filed a putative class action in federal court in New York on May 9 against Major League Baseball Enterprises Inc. (MLB), several MLB member clubs and several cable and Internet providers, alleging that live-game video offerings violate antitrust laws ( Fernanda...

Supreme Court Will Review Class Certification In Comcast Antitrust Case

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) The U.S. Supreme Court on June 25 agreed to decide "[w]hether a district court may certify a class action without resolving whether the plaintiff class has introduced admissible evidence, including expert testimony, to show that the case is susceptible to awarding...

High Court Hears Oral Arguments In Antitrust Class Certification Case

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) The U.S. Supreme Court on Nov. 5 heard oral arguments on "[w]hether a district court may certify a class action without resolving whether the plaintiff class has introduced admissible evidence, including expert testimony, to show that the case is susceptible to...

$7.25 Billion Antitrust Credit-Card-Fee Settlement Receives Approval

NEW YORK - (Mealey's) A federal judge in New York on Nov. 9 granted preliminary approval to the $7.25 billion class action settlement between merchants and Visa, MasterCard and a large number of banks that the proposed class alleges fixed the prices of interchange fees paid by merchants when customers...

High Court Hears Arguments On Validity Of Arbitration Clause In Antitrust Action

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) American Express Co. (AmEx) told the U.S. Supreme Court on Feb. 27 in oral arguments that the Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals erred in ruling that a mandatory class action waiver clause in AmEx's standardized service contract violated the Federal Arbitration...

New York Federal Judge Says Chinese Vitamin C Makers Fixed Prices, Enters $153.3 Million Judgment

NEW YORK- (Mealey's) A federal judge in New York on March 14 entered judgment for $153.3 million after trebling a jury's $54.1 million verdict in favor of a direct purchaser class on its allegations that Chinese corporations participated in an illegal cartel to fix prices and limit supply for...

U.S. Supreme Court Rules Class Certification In Antitrust Case Improper

By Joan Grossman WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) The U.S. Supreme Court on March 27 ruled 5-4 that a district court may not certify a class action under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 23(b)(3) without resolving whether the class has introduced admissible evidence, including expert testimony, to...

U.S. High Court: State’s Lawsuit On Behalf Of Citizens Is Not Mass Action

WASHINGTON, D.C. — (Mealey's) A state’s lawsuit seeking restitution for itself and its citizens, in which it is the only named plaintiff, does not qualify as a mass action under the Class Action Fairness Act (CAFA), the U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously Jan. 14 ( State of Mississippi...

Pfizer To Pay $325M To Settle Neurontin 3rd-Party Payer, Antitrust Class Action

BOSTON — (Mealey’s) Pfizer Inc. has agreed to a $325 million class settlement of claims by third-party payers that allege that the off-label promotion of the epilepsy drug Neurontin violated the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act and that the drug maker’s efforts to...