Coordinating Direct And Indirect Purchaser Cases

Law360, New York (July 9, 2012, 2:34 PM EDT) -- It has been seven years since provisions of the Class Action Fairness Act of 2005[1] began forcing into federal court the kind of state-law-based indirect purchaser antitrust and consumer protection class actions that previously were heard in state court. These indirect purchaser cases typically have companion federal-law direct purchaser class actions against the same defendants alleging the same conduct, and the operation of CAFA (along with the multidistrict litigation statute)[2] has almost invariably wedded the two actions into a coordinated proceeding before a single federal district...
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