Top LA Eateries Plotted Price Hike For ACA Costs, Suit Says

Law360, New York (September 2, 2015, 4:27 PM EDT) -- A group of Los Angeles’ most prominent restaurants, including Lucques and Animal, were hit with a putative antitrust class action Tuesday alleging their owners orchestrated a price-fixing conspiracy to cover the costs of employees’ health care required under the Affordable Care Act.

Members of the “cartel” — which includes owners of AOC Wine Bar and Restaurant, Rustic Canyon Winebar and Seasonal Kitchen, Trois Mec, Son of a Gun, Melisse, and the Hungry Cat — allegedly colluded to raise prices by 3 percent after prominent chef Josh Loeb allegedly emailed a secret surcharge agreement to “like-minded” restaurant owners in 2014, according to...

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