Shipping Act Allows State Antitrust Claims, Fed. Agency Says

Law360, New York (December 1, 2016, 3:46 PM EST) -- The Federal Maritime Commission Wednesday asked the Third Circuit to partially reverse the dismissal of multidistrict litigation alleging that a number of international shipping companies had conspired to stifle competition and inflate prices for transporting vehicles, saying federal law does not bar the plaintiffs’ state law claims.

In its amicus curiae brief the commission said while federal shipping law preempts the plaintiffs’ federal antitrust claims, nothing in the law as written protects shippers that have not submitted their shipping agreements for federal review from their state antitrust...
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