Petsmart, Nestle Get Pet Food Antitrust Claims Shredded

Law360, Fort Wayne (July 11, 2017, 1:54 PM EDT) -- A California federal judge Monday dismissed claims from pet owners alleging retailer PetSmart Inc. colluded with manufacturers such as Nestle Purina Petcare Co. to fix prices on prescription pet food by requiring a veterinarian's authorization to purchase the food.

The owners' complaint, filed in December and amended in February, failed to sufficiently allege that the retailer and manufacturers conspired together, U.S. District Judge Maxine M. Chesney said in an order. Judge Chesney said she would allow the owners to amend their accusations again by July 31.

The judge also dismissed state law claims against the companies. Representatives of the parties did...

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