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MHPC Files Price-fixing Suit On Packaged Ice.

On March 25, 2008, Malkinson & Halpern, P.C. filed a price-fixing class action in Dallas, TX on behalf of its client, a 7-11 Store franchisee, and other direct purchasers of packaged block, crushed and cubed ice.

The suit alleges that the country’s primary manufacturers of packaged ice, Artic Glacier, Reddy Ice, and Home City Ice Company, conspired to artificially elevate the price of packaged ice sold from at least January 1, 2002, to the present.

Defendant, Arctic Glacier disclosed recently that its corporate headquarters were searched by the Department of Justice in connection with the government's related criminal investigation.

Under federal statutes, direct purchasers from members of price-fixing cartels are entitled to a variety of relief, including triple damages and attorneys' fees. It is generally irrelevant that a direct purchaser may have passed the non-competitive pricing on to their customers, as the law will consider the purchaser to have been damaged by its own overpayment.

Customarily, our price-fixing clients are family or other non-publicly traded companies. Malkinson & Halpern, P.C. handles this type of litigation on a contingent basis in which the only attorneys fees and cost reimbursements we are paid are those approved by a judge and paid from proceeds of any favorable settlement or verdict.

Please contact John R. Malkinson if you/your company were a direct purchaser of packaged ice during the above-stated period of time and have questions to ask or pricing/purchasing information to share. For a list of similar cases the firm has participated in, click here.

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