Case Conclusion Date: January 1, 2003
Practice Area: Antitrust / Trade Law
Description: Plaintiff filed a class action suit against tobacco manufacturer defendants for alleged price fixing violations of the Arizona Antitrust Act. Trial court dismissed on grounds that the Arizona Antitrust Act did not allow direct suits by consumers. Appellate Court upheld the trial court. The Arizona Supreme Court reversed the lower courts and the Arizona Antitrust Act to allow direct antitrust lawsuits to be filed by direct consumers of the product.