US Shipping Law Supports Antitrust Breaches, Suit Says

Law360, New York (December 5, 2012, 2:13 PM EST) -- Purchasers of ocean shipping services hit the U.S. with a proposed class action in Hawaii federal court last week, alleging that a law meant to protect American shippers from foreign rivals let purchasers fall prey to the anti-competitive behavior of two shipping companies.

In a complaint lodged Nov. 29, Patrick Novak and other lead plaintiffs, all of whom purchased domestic ocean cargo shipping services on Hawaii routes, alleged that the Merchant Marine Act of 1920 — often called the Jones Act — had the effect of...
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