Direct-Purchaser Class Certified in Chocolate Litigation

On December 7, 2012, the Federal District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania certified a direct-purchaser class in a multi-district antitrust price-fixing action against producers of chocolate confectionary products. Judge Christopher C. Conner concluded that a thorough Daubert analysis is appropriate in considering class certification, but denied the defendants’ Daubert motion to exclude the opinions of the plaintiffs’ experts. The certified class consists of persons and entities who directly purchased single serving standard and King size chocolate candy for resale directly from the defendants between December 9, 2002 and December 20, 2007.

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