Indirect Purchaser Standing In Federal Court

Law360 (August 28, 2009, 1:35 PM EDT) -- Indirect purchasers — i.e. those who purchase a product not directly from the manufacturer but indirectly, usually as a component of a different product — often have no standing to bring damage claims under federal antitrust law. But, that is not to say that indirect purchaser suits do not end up in federal court.

Many states allow indirect purchasers to sue for antitrust violations and, particularly after the enactment of the Class Action Fairness Act which relaxed the requirements for removal based on diversity jurisdiction, more indirect purchaser suits are finding their way into federal court.

How, then, do federal courts...

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