Canada's High Court Sets Date To Hear Key Antitrust Cases

By Melissa Lipman (March 6, 2012, 8:54 PM EST) -- Canada's highest court said Friday it would hear two cases in October tackling the contentious question of whether consumers can bring indirect damages claims in antitrust class actions, and in a country where consumers are far and away the biggest link to many major international cartel cases, the answer could change the face of private cartel enforcement.

The Supreme Court of Canada set a tentative hearing date of Oct. 17 for a pair of antitrust cases that seek tens of millions in damages against Microsoft Corp., Archer-Daniels Midland Co. and others for alleged conspiracies to hike prices for corn syrup and...

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