Direct Purchasers Get Class Cert. In Railroad Antitrust MDL

Law360, New York (June 21, 2012, 9:03 PM EDT) -- A Washington federal judge on Thursday certified a class of direct purchasers who are suing several railroad companies in an antitrust multidistrict litigation over allegations that the companies fixed shipping prices through an arbitrary fuel surcharge.

U.S. District Judge Paul L. Friedman defined the class as anyone who purchased “rate-unregulated rail freight transport services” directly from at least one of the defendants — Union Pacific Railroad Co., BNSF Railway Co., CSX Transportation Inc. and Norfolk Southern Railway Co. — and got hit with a standalone fuel...
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