Direct Buyers Have Antitrust Standing In SanDisk IP Row: US

Law360, New York (May 23, 2012, 4:44 PM EDT) -- The U.S. government lodged an amicus brief Tuesday in SanDisk Corp.'s Federal Circuit appeal of a court's decision to keep alive Ritz Camera & Image LLC's proposed class action, arguing that direct purchasers have standing to recover overcharges paid to monopolists due to patent fraud.

The brief lodged by the Federal Trade Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice said direct purchasers have standing when the anti-competitive action responsible for a monopoly is the enforcement of a patent obtained through fraud at the U.S. Patent and...
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