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In 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.

For more information, please contact Sathya S. Gosselin or Seth R. Gassman. 

Practice Areas: Antitrust / Competition


Related Press Releases

» Class Certification Granted in Price Fixing Case Against Major US Railroads


Supporting Documents

» Consolidated Amended Complaint (PDF)
» Opinion re: Motion to Dismiss (PDF)
» Memorandum and Order re: Interim Co-Lead Counsel (PDF)
» Order Granting Class Certification (PDF)


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