Forty plaintiff states reached a $68 million settlement with UBS for fraudulent conduct involving interest rate manipulation that had a significant impact on consumers and financial markets around the world. UBS’ fraudulent conduct involved the manipulation of LIBOR (the London Interbank Offered Rate). LIBOR is a benchmark interest rate that affects financial instruments worth trillions…
Defendants used pirated software to design valves for oil field services industry, competing with Oklahoma companies that also designed valves for the oil industry. State filed suit claiming violations of the state’s consumer protection and antitrust laws, based on unfair methods of competition. The state sought injunctive relief, disgorgemetn and damages.
Defendants owned a retail market that sells fuel. State alleged that the defendants used threats and intimidation to seek to fix the price of gas at Ray’s Market and Klamath River Gas, a nearby station. State also alleged violations of its consumer protection act because the advertised price of gas was less than what was charged at the pump. Defendants were enjoined from future violations and paid $5,000, which the state agreed to accept in lieu of the $25,000 award.
People of the state of California v. Dermaquest, No. RG10497526 (Cal. Sup. Ct. Alameda Cty. Feb. 23, 2010)
State sued DermaQuest, a maker of “cosmeceuticals” alleging vertical price maintenance in violation of Cal. Bus. & Prof. Code section 16720. State sought injunction, civil penalties and attorneys fees.
New York v. Tele-Communications Inc., Not Reported in F.Supp., 1993 WL 527984 (S.D.N.Y. Sept. 14, 1993), 1993-2 Trade Cases P 70, 404
Defendant cable system operators, subsidiaries and a satellite cable supplier formed a monopoly in restraint of trade in the delivery of multichannel subscription television programming.