Plaintiffs in the In re Packaged Ice Antitrust Litigation, MDL 1952, filed consolidated amended class action complaints this week alleging a conspiracy by the three major packaged ice manufacturers to allocate territories.
More than 70 separate complaints were originally filed last year against packaged ice manufacturers Reddy Ice, Arctic Glacier, and Home City Ice. The cases were transferred and consolidated by the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation before Judge Borman in the Eastern District of Michigan. After Judge Borman appointed lead counsel, plaintiffs' counsel filed their consolidated amended complaints.
Plaintiffs allege, inter alia, that:
The existence of the unlawful agreements and conspiracy is evidenced, inter alia, by admissions made by Defendants' officers and employees who directly participated in or witnessed acts in furtherance of the conspiracy, by a United States Department of Justice Criminal Information and guilty plea, as well as by the structure of the market and supporting economic data.
Defendants have 60 days to respond to the complaints.
The amended complaints were discussed in an article in the Dallas Morning News.