Canadian Rulings Imperil Indirect Purchaser Actions

Law360, New York (April 18, 2011, 7:30 PM EDT) -- Two rulings issued Friday by a Canadian appeals court could dramatically alter the course of competition class actions in the country, experts say, and potentially set the stage for a broader fight over whether indirect purchasers can band together to pursue antitrust claims.

The rulings by the Court of Appeal for British Columbia mark the first time a Canadian appeals court has decided to bar indirect purchaser class actions, putting Canadian courts more in line with U.S. federal law on this issue and echoing the reasoning...
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