Netflix Customers Win Class Status In Antitrust Case

Law360, New York (January 3, 2011, 3:11 PM EST) -- A federal judge has granted class certification to a group of consumers who claim Netflix Inc. conspired with Wal-Mart Stores Inc. to divvy up the market for online DVD rentals and sales.

Judge Phyllis J. Hamilton of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California on Dec. 23 certified a class of potentially millions of consumers who claim the agreement between Wal-Mart and Netflix raised prices for consumers and violates the Sherman Act.

The agreement, announced in May 2005 amid a price war, allegedly...
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