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BARTON v VISA, 1.11-Cv-01831-ABJ, Antitrust Complaint

BARTON v VISA, 1.11-Cv-01831-ABJ, Antitrust Complaint

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Antitrust Complaint, credit card fees
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Published by: Neil Gillespie on Apr 13, 2013
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010275-11 480124 V1
 
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURTDISTRICT OF COLUMBIALYNNE BARTRON and CHARLES BROWN,Individually and on Behalf of All OthersSimilarly Situated,Plaintiffs,v.VISA INC., VISA U.S.A. INC., VISAINTERNATIONAL SERVICEASSOCIATION, and PLUS SYSTEM, INC.595 Market StreetSan Francisco, CA 94105-2802andMASTERCARD INCORPORATED andMASTERCARD INTERNATIONALINCORPORATED d/b/a MastercardWorldwide2000 Purchase StreetPurchase, NY 10577,Defendants.C.A. No.
CLASS ACTION COMPLAINT
Case 1:11-cv-01831-ABJ Document 1 Filed 10/17/11 Page 1 of 57
 
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 TABLE OF CONTENTSPage(s)
I.
 
NATURE OF THE ACTION ..............................................................................................1
 
II.
 
 JURISDICTION AND VENUE ..........................................................................................1
 
III.
 
PARTIES .............................................................................................................................2
 
A.
 
Indirect Purchaser Plaintiffs .....................................................................................2
 
B.
 
Defendants ...............................................................................................................3
 
C.
 
Non-Party Co-Conspirators .....................................................................................4
 
IV.
 
 TRADE AND INTERSTATE COMMERCE .....................................................................4
 
V.
 
FACTUAL BACKGROUND ..............................................................................................5
 
A.
 
PIN-Debit Cards and ATM Transactions ................................................................5
 
B.
 
Sponsoring Financial Institutions ............................................................................6
 
C.
 
 The Horizontal ATM Restraints...........................................................................7
 
VI.
 
HARM TO COMPETITION ...............................................................................................8
 
VII.
 
RELEVANT MARKETS ..................................................................................................10
 
A.
 
Relevant Product Market .......................................................................................10
 
B.
 
Relevant Geographic Market .................................................................................10
 
VIII.
 
DEFENDANTS’ MARKET POWER ...............................................................................11
 
IX.
 
CLASS ALLEGATIONS ..................................................................................................11
 
X.
 
CLAIMS FOR RELIEF .....................................................................................................18
 
FIRST CLAIM FOR RELIEF SHERMAN ACT, SECTION 1, 15 U.S.C. § 1(
Per Se
or Rule of Reason Agreement to Fix Prices) ........................................................18
 
SECOND CLAIM FOR RELIEF VIOLATIONS OF STATE ANTITRUSTAND RESTRAINT OF TRADE LAWS ...........................................................................20
 
 THIRD CLAIM FOR RELIEF VIOLATIONS OF STATE CONSUMERPROTECTION AND UNFAIR COMPETITION LAWS ................................................40
 
Case 1:11-cv-01831-ABJ Document 1 Filed 10/17/11 Page 2 of 57
 
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REQUEST FOR RELIEF ..............................................................................................................52
 
 JURY DEMAND ...........................................................................................................................53
 
Case 1:11-cv-01831-ABJ Document 1 Filed 10/17/11 Page 3 of 57

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