July 26, 2023

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP, Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll LLP and Calcagni & Kanefsky PLLC are asking a New Jersey federal court to name them co-lead counsel and liaison counsel rather than a competing group in a proposed class action against an alleged cartel of fragrance manufacturers.

The firms — calling themselves the Market-Allocation Group in a nod to their case's legal theory — argue that they have presented a stronger argument and have done deeper background work than the other group moving to be lead plaintiff and counsel: Our Own Candle Company Inc., Nussbaum Law Group P.C., Korein Tillery P.C. and Hausfeld LLP.

"Simply stated, the Market-Allocation Group has unique and superior resources and experience and has already done more to benefit the class than any other movant," the group asserts in a brief filed Monday to oppose its rivals for the appointment. "It should therefore lead this case."

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Under the Market-Allocation Group's plan, Quinn Emanuel and Cohen Milstein would be co-lead counsel, and Calcagni & Kanefsky would be liaison counsel, providing New Jersey-specific expertise. The lead plaintiff would be Crimson Candle Supplies LLC, a craft store in Texas.

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Crimson Candle Supplies LLC is represented by Eric Kanefsky, Ralph J. Marra, Thomas R. Calcagni and Martin Gandelman of Calcagni & Kanefsky LLP, Michael Eisenkraft, Laura Posner, Christopher Bateman, Zachary Krowitz, Nina Jaffe-Geffner and Daniel H. Silverman of Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC, Daniel L. Brockett, Manisha M. Sheth and Jeremy D. Andersen of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP, and Curt Lockhart of Lockhart IP.

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