Harley Leaves Bag Maker's Antitrust Claims In Dust

Law360, New York (May 13, 2011, 3:16 PM EDT) -- An Illinois federal judge nixed a plastic bag manufacturer's antitrust claims against Harley-Davidson Inc. on Thursday, ruling there was no evidence the famed motorcycle maker had coerced its dealers into buying its own merchandise bags displaying Harley's trademarks.

U.S. District Judge Robert M. Dow Jr. granted Harley-Davidson summary judgment on all antitrust and tort claims Packaging Supplies Inc. made in its 2008 suit accusing the company of tying its sales of motorcycles and other merchandise to its independent dealers to the purchase of shopping bags from...
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