Nestle, Hershey, Mars Melt Chocolate Antitrust Claims

Law360, New York (February 26, 2014, 8:47 PM EST) -- A Pennsylvania federal judge on Wednesday axed a class action accusing Nestle USA Inc., The Hershey Co. and Mars Inc. of conspiring to raise the price of chocolate, ruling that the chocolate buyers didn't have adequate evidence to back up their claims.

U.S. District Judge Christopher C. Conner granted the chocolate makers summary judgment, dropping the claims of both a slew of retailers bringing individual claims and a class of other direct purchasers.

The judge reasoned that though the plaintiffs' original claims were "quite plausible" given...
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