Keurig Hit With Antitrust Class Action Over 'Lock-Out' Tech

Law360, Los Angeles (March 12, 2014, 10:03 PM EDT) -- Keurig Inc. was hit with a putative antitrust class action in New York federal court on Monday, alleging the single-serve coffee maker’s upcoming brewing machine will block competitors’ coffee cups as part of an anti-competitive scheme.

Plaintiff Joy Hoyer claims the Keurig 2.0 brewer will feature “interactive technology” that can detect whether coffee cups used in the device are made by Keurig, called K-Cups, or by third parties offering comparable products at lower prices. Hoyer claims Keurig, whose patents on its current type of cups expired in 2012, does not have a patent on the new type of cups and is...

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