Fla. 'Pass-On' Defense OK'd In LCD Price-Fixing MDL

Law360, New York (February 6, 2013, 10:57 PM EST) -- Office Depot and others were dealt a blow when a California federal judge in multidistrict litigation over price-fixing on liquid crystal display panels ruled Wednesday that Florida law does not prevent LCD makers from arguing the retailers avoided damages by passing on alleged overcharges to their customers.

The Florida Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act does not prevent LCD makers including AU Optronics Corp. from using the so-called "pass-on" defense, in which a group claims the distributors passed on any price overcharges they faced to their...
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