Home Depot Can't Escape Rivals' Power Tool Antitrust Suit

By Jonathan Randles (September 20, 2013, 2:22 PM EDT) -- A California federal judge on Thursday refused to excuse Home Depot USA Inc. from a rival retailer's antitrust suit alleging the world's largest home improvement store conspired to prevent its competitors from stocking popular power tool brands.

U.S. District Judge Jon S. Tigar mostly denied Home Depot's bid to dismiss competitor Orchard Supply Hardware LLC's complaint. Orchard Supply claims Home Depot pressured power tool makers Milwaukee Electric Tool Corp. and Makita USA Inc. to boycott rival retail chains, including Amazon.com Inc.

The court, however, did dismiss METCo and Makita from the case, ruling Orchard Supply failed to include factual allegations that...

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