Telescope Buyer Hits Celestron With $350M Antitrust Suit

Law360 (June 2, 2020, 8:46 PM EDT) -- An amateur astronomer has leveled a $350 million antitrust lawsuit accusing California-based telescope maker Celestron of illegally teaming up with a rival to pad prices, a conspiracy claim that has already won over a federal jury and saddled industry players with millions in damages.

California astronomy enthusiast Daniel Hightower and his attorneys at BraunHagey & Borden LLP filed the proposed class suit in California federal court on Monday, claiming Celestron carried out a yearslong, underhanded campaign alongside Chinese rival Ningbo Sunny to divvy up the U.S. telescope market and box other potential players out.

The two conspired to "fix prices, divide...

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