Was Heir-Tracker Antitrust Indictment A Hair Too Late?
By Robert Connolly and Karen Sharp (February 16, 2018, 12:31 PM EST) -- On Aug. 17, 2016, a Utah grand jury returned a one-count Sherman Act indictment against Kemp & Associates Inc. and Daniel J. Mannix, a Kemp corporate officer. According to the indictment, the conspiracy was an agreement to "allocate customers of Heir Location Services sold in the United States" that began as early as September 1999 and continued as late as Jan. 29, 2014.
Heir location service companies identify heirs to estates of intestate decedents and, in exchange for a contingency fee, develop evidence and prove heirs' claims to an inheritance in probate court. The indictment charged that there was an allocation...
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