Court Dismisses Claims Against Shippers Under Twombly And The Filed Rate Doctrine

On August 18, 2009, the District Court for the Western District of Washington dismissed with leave to amend an MDL action against shippers for violation of Section 1 of the Sherman Act, 15 U.S.C. § 1, based on allegations that the shippers colluded to simultaneously increase fuel surcharges, illegally shared vessel capacity, and conspired not to enter into extra-tariff rate agreements with customers. In re Hawaiian and Guamanian Cabotage Antitrust Litig., No. 08-md-1972 TSZ (“Pacific Shipping MDL”), Order No. 5 (W.D. Wa., Aug. 18, 2009) (“Slip Op.”).

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