DuPont Painted As Anti-Competitive By Auto Coating Co.

Law360, New York (December 5, 2011, 6:32 PM EST) -- Automotive paint wholesaler JTS Choice Enterprises Inc. on Friday slapped DuPont Co. and Metro Paint Supplies with an antitrust suit in Colorado, claiming DuPont stifled competition in the automotive coatings market and allowed Metro to poach JTS clients.

Denver-based JTS says in its complaint that it and Metro had contracts with DuPont governing their participation in DuPont’s “Champion Jobber Empowerment Reward Program” and prohibiting so-called jobbers — who sell DuPont paints to auto body repair shops or retailers — from pursuing one another’s clients.

DuPont, however,...
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