US: Ozzy Osbourne calls motion to dismiss claims ‘baseless’

US: Ozzy Osbourne calls motion to dismiss claims ‘baseless’

Lawyers for Ozzy Osbourne have hit back at AEG in the ongoing dispute over major venue operators linking bookings at their different spaces, mainly in a bid to secure big acts for their LA arenas. Attorneys say that AEG has deliberately misled the court in its bid to have Osbourne’s lawsuit over the venue booking […]

US: Pork companies accused of conspiring to inflate prices

US: Pork companies accused of conspiring to inflate prices

Several large US pork companies were hit with an antitrust lawsuit last week accusing them of conspiring to inflate pork prices in an effort to boost profit at consumers’ expense, reported Fox. Defendants in the proposed class-action lawsuit included Hormel , based in Austin, Minnesota, and eight other companies, including Tyson Foods, JBS USA and […]

US: New suit alleges chicken price fixing

US: New suit alleges chicken price fixing

Kroger and two other supermarket chains on Friday joined a group of corporations suing the chicken industry on allegations it manipulated US broiler chicken prices. The plaintiffs, Kroger, Albertsons Companies, and Hy-Vee, filed an antitrust lawsuit in Illinois federal court that claims more than a dozen chicken companies shared proprietary data to inflate the cost […]

US: Apple asks SCOTUS to dismiss antitrust suit over app commissions

US: Apple asks SCOTUS to dismiss antitrust suit over app commissions

Apple has asked the US Supreme Court to dismiss an antitrust lawsuit which accuses Apple of monopolizing the app market so that it can charge excessive commissions, reported CNBC. The lawsuit dates back to 2011, where it was first filed in a California federal court by Robert Pepper and other iPhone buyers. It alleges that […]

US: American agrees to US$45m settlement for collusion

US: American agrees to US$45m settlement for collusion

  American Airlines has agreed to pay US$45 million to settle a three-year-old lawsuit accusing four domestic carriers of collusion and antitrust practices, reported Bloomberg. The suit claims American, Delta, Southwest and United illegally signaled to one other information about managing capacity in order to keep airfares elevated, despite stagnant demand and decreasing fuel costs. […]

US: Judge sides with contact lens purchasers in antitrust suit

US: Judge sides with contact lens purchasers in antitrust suit

Contact lens purchasers can proceed with an antitrust lawsuit alleging that 1-800 Contacts and other online retailers wrongly agreed to limit their search ad campaigns, a judge has ruled. The decision, issued Thursday, May 17, by US District Court Judge Tena Campbell in the Central District of Utah, stems from allegations that 1-800 Contacts and […]

US: Court drops antitrust lawsuit against Pacific Seafood

US: Court drops antitrust lawsuit against Pacific Seafood

An Oregon judge has dismissed a fishermen’s lawsuit linked to Pacific Seafood Group’s once-planned acquisition of processor Ocean Gold Seafoods in Westport, Washington, the latest victory over a series of allegations that the group had engaged in anti-competitive behavior. In a May 15 ruling, Oregon District Court judge Michael McShane granted Oregon-based Pacific Seafood summary […]

US: CBS declares war on parent company to stop merger

US: CBS declares war on parent company to stop merger

On Monday, May 14, CBS filed a lawsuit to stop controlling shareholder Shari Redstone from continuing with her plan to merge it with Viacom saying such a deal would harm its shareholders, reported Reuters. The New York media company has also asked the Delaware Chancery Court to block Redstone from interfering at a special meeting […]

US: Judge cancels trial for 14 year old CME derivatives antitrust lawsuit

US: Judge cancels trial for 14 year old CME derivatives antitrust lawsuit

According to public court documents, US Judge Thomas Durkin has cancelled a planned trial into the practices of CME Group, parent to the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and other companies, defending its home turf against rivals. This decision casts a 14 year old antitrust lawsuit into limbo. The lawsuit, brought by Eurex, the derivatives arm of […]

US: Dems take on non-compete contracts

US: Dems take on non-compete contracts

US Senator Chris Murphy (Democrat – Connecticut) and two other Senate Democrats, Elizabeth Warren (Democrat – Massachusetts) and Ron Wyden (Democrat – Oregon) unveiled legislation that would prohibit employers from locking workers into noncompete agreements and put violators on the hook for federal fines or private lawsuits. Non-compete agreements result in lower wages and diminished […]

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