A Florida federal judge on Tuesday denied a motion by
Transitions Optical Inc. to throw out a multidistrict class action
accusing the corrective lens maker of anti-competitive conduct,
saying the purchaser plaintiffs' monopoly accusations were
reasonable enough for trial.
U.S. District Judge James D. Whittemore denied Transitions' motion
to dismiss the suit filed by a group of companies that say
Transitions resorted to various anti-competitive tactics to keep
prices high for its line of ultraviolet-ray-resistant lenses.
The lens purchasers' consolidated complaint "contains factual
allegations sufficient to provide defendants with fair notice of
the plaintiffs' claims and ... those allegations, when taken as
true, state claims to relief that are plausible on their face,"
Judge Whittemore said.
The direct purchasers, who first sued the Pinellas Park,
Fla.-based Transitions in August 2010, say the lens maker has
illegally restrained trade in the market since 1999 by improperly
tying and bundling discounts related to the sales of its
UV-resistant photochromic lenses.
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