Dentists Get $80M From Supply Cos. To End Collusion Case

By Jeff Overley (August 30, 2018, 5:37 PM EDT) -- A group of dentists has tentatively reached an $80 million settlement in a proposed class action accusing the country's biggest dental supply companies of colluding to fix prices on crowns, numbing agents, X-ray accessories and other products, the parties announced on Thursday.

The deal comes roughly 30 months after dentists launched a wave of suits accusing three dominant distributors — Henry Schein Inc., Patterson Cos. Inc. and Benco Dental Supply Co. Inc. — of artificially inflating prices on everything from the chairs that patients sit in to the cements that keep artificial teeth in place.

The distributors attacked the case by...

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