Judge Pools Drugstore Antitrust Cases Against AmEx

Law360, New York (September 22, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A federal judge has ordered the consolidation of cases brought by Rite Aid Corp., CVS Pharmacy Inc., Walgreen Co. and two other drugstores alleging that American Express Co. imposed anti-competitive rules on merchants.

Judge Nicholas Garaufis issued the order Thursday, centralizing the five cases in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

The order follows a magistrate judge's decision last month to reassign the cases, which had been initially assigned to the two judges overseeing the ongoing multidistrict litigation against Visa Inc....
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