Monday, May 9, 2005

Class Action Against West over Bar Review Classes

A class action of lawyers and law students filed a complaint on Friday in the Central District of California alleging antitrust violations by West Publishing and Kaplan.   The complaint alleges, among other claims, that Bar/Bri, in partnership with Kaplan, monopolized the market for bar review services and engaged in such anti-competitive conduct as intimidating local bar review courses that competed with Bar/Bri, imposingemployment restrictions on faculty who taught for Bar/Bri, and using a scholarship program to lure students from taking a competitor's bar review course.  The complaint seeks up to $ 300 million in damages (before trebling).

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