Lawsuit Claims Dental Suppliers Colluded To Corner Market

A dental suppliers antitrust lawsuit has been filed against three companies that plaintiffs claim colluded to undermine competition and increase profits. Affected companies may be able to seek compensation with the help of antitrust attorneys.

If your dental practice purchased dental supplies from Patterson Cos. Inc., Henry Schein Inc. and Benco Dental Supply Co., beginning January 20, 2012, contact Attorney Group to learn about your options. We offer free, no obligation consultations. We can help answer your questions, and if you choose to pursue a claim we can connect you with an affiliated attorney who can assist you throughout the legal process.

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Threats and Coercion Alleged In Lawsuit

A lawsuit, filed in January 2016, alleges that three dental suppliers, Patterson Cos. Inc., Henry Schein Inc. and Benco Dental Supply Co., prevented low-cost distributors from partnering with state dental associations and/or dental supplies manufacturers. As a result, the defendants were able to maintain and extend their dominant collective market power in the market for the distribution of dental supplies. Not only, the lawsuit claims, were dentists overcharged for dental supplies by the three distributors since January 2012, but that the defendants also violated the Sherman Act.

Congress passed the first antitrust law, the Sherman Act of 1890, as a “comprehensive charter of economic liberty aimed at preserving free and unfettered competition as the rule of trade.” The plaintiff alleges that state dental associations were threatened with trade-show boycotts if they endorsed startup dental supply distributors and that the defendants also allegedly threatened not to sell the products of dental supply makers that did business with newer distributors. These actions, the lawsuit claims, constitute a violation of the Sherman Act. The plaintiff seeks class certification, restitution, injunction relief to prevent further anticompetitive conduct, and attorneys’ fees and costs.

Affected Dental Practices May be Eligible for a Dental Suppliers Antitrust Lawsuit

When companies engage in collusion, or otherwise commit deceptive trade practices, they could be liable for any damage that result. In a dental suppliers antitrust lawsuit, if the allegations of violations of the Sherman Act against the companies are proven, dental practices may be able to recover the losses they suffered as a result of the defendants’ actions, along with other damages.

Dentists who have purchased dental supplies from the named defendants may be eligible to pursue compensation through a dental supplies antitrust lawsuit and are encouraged to seek the advice of an experienced attorney to learn more about their rights and remedies.

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