Cardinal, Owens & Minor Hit With $200M Antitrust Suit

Law360, New York (December 6, 2012, 4:28 PM EST) -- A specialty distributor of wound-closure products hit Cardinal Health Inc. and Owens & Minor Inc. with a $200 million antitrust lawsuit Wednesday, accusing the firms of engaging in predatory pricing and illegally penalizing customers who didn’t buy their sutures, stitches and similar merchandise.

Kansas-based Suture Express Inc. says Cardinal and Owens & Minor control more than 70 percent of the market for distribution of so-called medical-surgical supplies, allowing them to squeeze acute care providers who prefer to shop elsewhere for products used to seal cuts and...
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