In February 2016, Cohen Milstein was appointed interim co-lead counsel for a proposed class of dental practices and dental laboratories in this consolidated antitrust class action, filed on March 11, 2016.
The lawsuit alleges that Defendants Henry Schein, Inc., Patterson Companies, Inc., and Benco Dental Supply Company – the three largest dental supply and dental equipment distributors in the United States – fixed price margins on dental equipment, jointly pressured manufacturers to squeeze out competitors, and agreed not to “poach” each other’s employees, in violation of federal antitrust law. As a result of the alleged conspiracy, dental practices and dental laboratories may have paid artificially inflated prices for many kinds of dental supplies and dental equipment, from consumables like gauze and cement to big-ticket equipment like chairs and x-rays.
On September 2016, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York denied the Defendants’ motion to dismiss the case. Fact discovery recently concluded, and the case is now in the expert discovery phase.