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Equipment Distributor Can’t Defeat Summary Judgment on Claims that Competitor Conspired with Manufacturer to Terminate Business with Distributor

The Eleventh Circuit affirmed summary judgment for a defendant facing claims under the Sherman Antitrust Act, concluding that the plaintiff’s evidence was “at least ‘as equally consistent with permissible competition as it is with an illegal conspiracy.’” The court’s decision in American Contractors Supply, LLC v. HD Supply Construction Supply, Ltd., 2021 WL 822194 (11th Cir. Mar. 4....

Denial of Coverage for Antitrust Claim Under Executive Liability Insurance Policy Upheld

In Crowley Maritime Corp. v. National Union Fire Insurance Co. of Pittsburgh, 2019 WL 3294003 (11th Cir. July 23, 2019), the Eleventh Circuit affirmed a denial of insurance coverage under an executive and organization liability insurance policy.  Crowley Maritime Corporation (“Crowley”) carries freight between the United States and Puerto Rico, and purchased liability insurance from...

Full Eleventh Circuit Dismisses Car Shop Antitrust Claims against Insurers

In Quality Auto Painting Center of Roselle, Inc. v. State Farm Indemnity Co., 2019 WL 1006973, on March 4, 2019, the Eleventh Circuit, sitting en banc, addressed the sufficiency of five complaints brought under the Sherman Act for price-fixing and group boycotting and state law claims for unjust enrichment, quantum meruit, and tortious interference. The plaintiff auto body shops...

Divided Court Holds Settlement Agreement Between Cable Provider and Installation Contractor Not the Result of Duress

A party negotiating an agreement may employ leverage or “arm-twisting” to consummate a transaction. At some point, however, tough business tactics may result in a claim of duress, jeopardizing the validity of the agreement.  In Cableview Communications of Jacksonville, Inc. v. Time Warner Cable Southeast, LLC, the Eleventh Circuit considered such a claim, ultimately finding in favor of...

Court Grants En Banc Rehearing in Body Shops’ Insurance Antitrust Action

The Eleventh Circuit voted to accept en banc rehearing in Quality Auto Painting Center of Roselle, Inc. v. State Farm Indemnity Co., 870 F.3d 1262 (11th Cir. 2017), a decision we covered here last September. The now-vacated panel decision, authored by Judge Wilson, had reversed the dismissal of antitrust and state-law claims asserted by auto-body-shop owners against a number of...

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