Aluminum Centers Schemed To Keep Rival Out: Judge

Law360, New York (December 15, 2008, 12:00 AM EST) -- A judge has determined that Ryerson Tull Inc. and other leading U.S. aluminum distributors engaged in a conspiracy with mills to keep an aggressive competitor from entering the distribution market, bolstering the plaintiff's case as the parties prepare for trial.

Despite finding it a close question, Judge Joe Heaton of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma found Friday that plaintiff Champagne Metals had “met its burden of establishing by a preponderance of the evidence that an antitrust conspiracy was formed and that...
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