The State Of Umbrella Damages Under Calif. Antitrust Law

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Law360, New York (October 07, 2014, 10:08 AM ET) -- Several federal courts have held that damages caused when noncartel members raise prices in response to cartel behavior are not recoverable under the Sherman Act. [1] These courts reason that so‐called “umbrella damages” are "unacceptably speculative and complex" because they require inquiry into whether nonconspirators' prices were caused by the cartel or other pricing considerations. Petroleum Products, 691 F.2d at 1340‐41. Applying these principles, at least one court from the Northern District of California has also barred umbrella damages under state antitrust laws.[2]

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