Judge Drops MDL Status For Merchants Against AmEx

Law360, New York (August 4, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A magistrate judge has ordered the random reassignment of five separate suits brought by drugstores and grocery stores that accuse American Express Co. of imposing rules on merchants who accept the company's credit card in violation of federal antitrust laws.

Magistrate Judge James Orenstein of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York concluded Monday that the suits by Rite Aid Corp., CVS Pharmacy Inc., Walgreen Co. and two other merchants are clearly related to one another, but they are not linked closely...
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