Sanctions May Chill Antitrust Cases, High Court Warned

Law360, New York (June 4, 2012, 6:30 PM EDT) -- The Alioto Law Firm has warned the U.S. Supreme Court that sanctions the firm faces in a proposed class action challenging a $1.4 billion Southwest Airlines Co. merger would chill private antitrust enforcement, and urged the justices to settle a circuit split over standards for attorney sanctions.

The plaintiffs — a group of consumers currently battling in the Ninth Circuit to revive a challenge to Southwest's tie-up with AirTran Holdings Inc. — asked the high court in a May 25 petition for certiorari to review sanctions...
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