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Antitrust

In the last two weeks, over a dozen law firms have brought antitrust actions against the four largest manufacturers of disposable contact lens.   What makes this litigation so important and interesting to antitrust lawyers is that these lawsuits will test a line of antitrust cases dealing with vertical constraint on competition that up until a decade ago was well settled law.

 

contact lenses antitrust lawsuit

If you wear contact lens you know that you used to be able to purchase your contacts much cheaper from Walmart, Costco and several internet sellers than you could at your local doctor's office.  You also probably have seen a severe price increase from those cheaper sources over the last year.  This antitrust class action alleges that the largest manufacturers of contact lens conspired to place price minimums on all contact sales, which had the effect of increasing the price you pay for contact lenses at most big box retailers and through internet sources.

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Eight of the largest drywall manufacturers in the United States are facing three antitrust complaints that allege price fixing and other anti competitive coordination have harmed home builders and other direct and indirect purchasers of drywall.

 
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Illegal Import Fees on Foreign Automobiles

This is a antitrust class action that alleges that the shipping industry conspired to charge inflated import fees for most foreign cars delivered into the United States from at least 2008 until 2012. Charging a market-driven import fee is fair. Conspiring to inflate that fee violates federal law. If you purchased or leased a new foreign vehicle during this time frame you may be part of the class action.

SanDisk Flash Drive Antitrust Class Action Lawsuit

In 2010, SanDisk was named as a defendant in an antitrust lawsuit. That class action alleges that SanDisk violated federal antitrust laws by lying and misrepresenting facts to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in obtaining patents on its flash memory devices. The class action suit further alleges that SanDisk then used these patents (which were issued based on known false statements of fact) to improperly exclude fair competition in the U.S. marketplace for flash memory products. SanDisk is named defendant in antitrust lawsuit The lawsuit also alleges that SanDisk established its monopoly position by enforcing these patents against its competitors and by threatening the competitors’ customers. These unfair business practices have allegedly caused direct purchasers of flash memory products to pay artificially inflated prices.