Dental Distributors Fire Back Against Antitrust Action

By Jeff Overley (March 3, 2016, 8:03 PM EST) -- Dental supply distributors are attacking a proposed class action in New York federal court that alleges an epic antitrust conspiracy, accusing dentists of wrongly depicting isolated actions as elements of a nationwide price-fixing scheme.

The distributors — Patterson Cos. Inc., Henry Schein Inc. and Benco Dental Supply Co. Inc. — made the attacks in letters sent to the court on Tuesday. The correspondence was directed at numerous proposed class actions that emerged in January and have since been consolidated.

All three distributors agreed that the original allegations evolved substantially when a consolidated complaint — which remains under seal — was filed...

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