Estee Lauder Beats Duty-Free Retailer's Antitrust Suit

Law360, New York (May 9, 2013, 7:49 PM EDT) -- A federal judge on Thursday tossed Duty Free Americas Inc.'s suit accusing Estee Lauder Cos. Inc. of attempting to force it out of the airport retail business and monopolize the beauty product market in duty-free stores, saying the retailer's evidence didn’t back up its claims.

DFA, which operates duty-free stores in airports and features beauty products, said Estee Lauder had violated the Sherman Act by conspiring with DFA’s competitors to exclude it from the airport market by influencing airports' bid process for such stores. The battle...
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