Judge Tosses Oil Antitrust Suits On Political Grounds

Law360, New York (January 13, 2009, 12:00 AM EST) -- A federal judge has dismissed a consolidated class action and two other suits that accused Citgo Petroleum Corp. of furthering the anti-competitive practices of oil-producing countries, concluding that the allegations hinged on political issues that remain beyond the realm of the courts.

Invoking the act of state doctrine and the political question doctrine, Judge Sim Lake of the U.S. District Court for the District of Southern Texas held Friday that antitrust allegations relating to agreements with oil producing nations exceeded the ambit of the courts, belonging...
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