Quality Auto Painting Ctr. of Roselle, Inc. v. State Farm Indem. Co.
- Case Date: 10/4/2017
- Project Name: Reining in the Plaintiffs' Bar
On October 4, 2017, WLF filed a brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit urging rehearing en banc in a consolidated appeal of MDL litigation brought by auto-body shop plaintiffs claiming that defendant insurers violated the Sherman Act by conspiring to fix prices for body shop repairs. Those claims were dismissed by the Middle District of Florida, but a panel majority of the Eleventh Circuit reversed that decision. The panelís reversal allows an antitrust complaint to allege mere parallel conduct among competitors as a sufficient basis for pleading an illegal agreement among those competitor defendants. WLF filed its brief out of grave concern for the amount of uncertainty the decision creates for market participants and other stakeholders. WLF called on the court to provide clear threshold pleading requirements for antitrust conspiracy claims so that businesses may best assess their potential litigation exposure to Section 1 claims under the Sherman Act.
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