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Recent California Federal District Court Decision, in Alleged “Hub-and-Spoke” Antitrust Conspiracy, Allows Plaintiff to Aggregate Competitive Effects of Separate Vertical Agreements to Show Antitrust Injury in Claim Against the “Hub” but not the “Spokes”. Mulcahy, James M.
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In the antitrust context, a “rimless wheel” – or “hub-and-spoke” – conspiracy is not a general conspiracy but instead amounts to multiple conspiracies between the common defendant – e.g., a distributor – and each of the other defendants – e.g., multiple suppliers. This means that, absent allegations establishing a “rim” between

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