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Rail FreightIn re: Rail Freight Fuel Surcharge Antitrust Litigation
MDL Docket No.1869, U.S.D.C., District of the District of Columbia March 2014
In one of the largest pending antitrust class actions in the United States, Hausfeld LLP serves as Co-Lead Counsel for a proposed class of freight shippers who allege that the Defendants - the four largest freight railfroads in the United States - conspired to fix the price of rail freight services through coordinated fuel surcharge programs and policies, which allowed the Defendants to reap tremendous supra-competitive profits and harm freight shippers throughout the country.
On November 7, 2008, the Honorable Paul L. Friedman denied Defendants’ motion to dismiss, finding that Plaintiffs’ allegations were plausible and that Plaintiffs were entitled to take discovery on their claims.
Discovery closed in 2010, and class certification was granted on June 21, 2012. Following a remand of the class certification decision from the D.C. Circuit, the parties are currently briefing select issues related to class certification.
Practice Areas: Antitrust / Competition
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