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U.S.: Antitrust case considered in Supreme Court’s ruling over necessary evidence for class actions

 |  November 6, 2012

In the case of Comcast vs. Behrend, argued Monday, cable customers from Philadelphia are arguing Comcast has violated antitrust law in its mergers and swaps of cable system providers. The case is one of two, the other involving securities fraud, that will be considered by the Supreme Court in efforts to set a precedent of how much evidence will be needed for a class to be certified in class action cases. The consideration comes in the context of last year’s Wal-Mart Stores vs. Dukes decision in which the Supreme Court threw out the case, ruling there was not enough evidence for the class to have banned together to sue. In response to the Comcast suit, the cable company had asked the Court to address how the Wal-Mart decision could potentially be applied to their case. The justices, however, are not convinced the Wal-Mart ruling could affect the Comcast case.

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