Quality Auto Painting Ctr. of Roselle, Inc. v. State Farm Indem. Co.
- Case Date: 10/4/2017
- Project Name: Reining in the Plaintiffs' Bar
On June 28, 2018, WLF asked the en banc U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit to affirm the dismissal of several antitrust complaints against dozens of auto insurers. The case arises from the consolidated claims of several auto-body shops against 89 insurance companies, accusing the defendants of violating the Sherman Antitrust Act by conspiring to fix auto-repair reimbursement rates and to boycott certain body shops in favor of others. WLF’s brief warned that the plaintiffs’ urged pleading standard, if adopted, would permit an antitrust complaint to allege merely parallel conduct among competitors as a sufficient basis for pleading an illegal agreement among competitor defendants. WLF urged the Eleventh Circuit to affirm the district court’s dismissal in light of the Supreme Court’s decision in Twombly v. Bell Atlantic Corp., which requires antitrust plaintiffs to assert more than merely parallel conduct among competitors to plead the existence of a conspiracy.
|Oral argument set for October 22, 2018.|
More Information and Downloads:
6/29/2018: Download En Banc Panel Brief
10/4/2017: Download the Brief