Defense of Class Action Antitrust Litigation Alleging Chocolate Price-Fixing

In March 2014, the firm secured summary judgment on behalf of a Fortune 500 chocolate manufacturer as lead trial counsel in a multidistrict antitrust litigation in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania. The plaintiffs were direct purchasers (wholesalers and chain stores) that alleged that our client conspired with other major chocolate manufacturers to fix the price of chocolate singles and “kings” in the U.S. between 2002 and 2007. The district court decided that the record evidence led to the conclusion that “plaintiffs have adduced no evidence tending to exclude the possibility that defendants acted independently.”