Cohen Milstein served as co-lead counsel for a class of direct purchasers of 3M invisible and transparent tape.  The class included companies of various sizes, including large retailers such as Staples and Office Depot.  The plaintiffs alleged that 3M unlawfully maintained its monopoly through various anticompetitive conduct including bundled rebate programs and exclusive dealing arrangements.  The court denied 3M’s motion to dismiss on antitrust injury and statute of limitations grounds.  Following discovery, Cohen Milstein led a joint mediation effort on behalf of the class as well as two opt-out plaintiffs, resulting in a total settlement of $30 million, approximately $28.8 million of which was allocated to the class.  The court certified the settlement class and approved the proposed settlement.