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Maureen Baker, et al. v. Jewel Food Stores and Dominick’s Finer Foods (Class Action Alleging Price Fixing Over Milk Prices In Chicago)Andrew M. Hale represented the plaintiffs in this consumer class action lawsuit brought against Chicago’s two largest grocery stores

Maureen Baker, et al. v. Jewel Food Stores and Dominick’s Finer Foods (Class Action Alleging Price Fixing Over Milk Prices In Chicago)Andrew M. Hale represented the plaintiffs in this consumer class action lawsuit brought against Chicago’s two largest grocery stores, Dominick’s and Jewel, alleging they were conspiring to fix and inflate the retail prices of milk being sold in the Chicagoland area. Rock Fusco atttorneys were successful in certifying a class of consumers from the counties of Cook, Dekalb, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry and Will who purchased milk at Jewel or Dominick’s between August 1996 and August 2000. The case proceeded to a bench trial before the Honorable John E. Morrissey in the Circuit Court of Cook County. Judge Morrissey held that the plaintiffs had to prove their case under the Illinois Antitrust Act not by the typical civil burden of a preponderance of the evidence but by the more stringent clear and convincing evidence standard. Unfortunately, at trial, Judge Morrissey ruled in favor of the defendant grocery stores. On January 12, 2005, the Illinois Appellate Court affirmed the trial court’s ruling.