Chocolate MDL Plaintiffs Can't Add Ill. State Claim

Law360, New York (February 22, 2011, 5:35 PM EST) -- A federal judge has said a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on state laws that restrict federal class actions does not allow plaintiffs in a multidistrict litigation over alleged price-fixing by chocolate makers to add a claim under Illinois state antitrust law.

In an order issued Friday, Judge Christopher C. Conner of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania sided with the defendants' argument that the Supreme Court's decision in Shady Grove Orthopedic Associates PA v. Allstate Insurance Co., which allowed some federal class...
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