Lensmaker Transitions Can't Shake Antitrust MDL

Law360, New York (November 1, 2011, 5:51 PM EDT) -- A Florida federal judge on Tuesday denied a motion by Transitions Optical Inc. to throw out a multidistrict class action accusing the corrective lens maker of anti-competitive conduct, saying the purchaser plaintiffs' monopoly accusations were reasonable enough for trial.

U.S. District Judge James D. Whittemore denied Transitions' motion to dismiss the suit filed by a group of companies that say Transitions resorted to various anti-competitive tactics to keep prices high for its line of ultraviolet-ray-resistant lenses.

The lens purchasers' consolidated complaint “contains factual allegations sufficient to...
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