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On May 24, 2011, United States District Court, Central District of California, denied a motion to dismiss allegations of a "price squeeze" implemented through the granting of secret rebates to the plaintiff’s customers, finding that the complaint stated a plausible claim under California Business and Professions Code section 17045. Drawing on "judicial experience and common sense", District Judge Dean D. Pregerson held that the allegations of the first amended complaint are sufficiently "plausible" on their face to withstand challenges under Bell Atl. Corp. v. Twombly, 550 U.S. 544, (2007). Western Pacific Kraft, Inc. v. Duro Bag Manufacturing Company, Case No. CV 10-06017 DDP (SSx), 5/24/11.
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On March 22, 2011, the United States District Court for the Northern District of California entered an order granting defendants The Toro Company’s ("Toro") motion to dismiss plaintiff Digital Sun’s ("Digital") monopolization, unfair competition and fraud claims pursuant to FRCP 12(b)(6). Digital Sun v. The Toro Company, Case No. 10-CV-4567-LHK (N.D. Cal. 3/22/11). United States District Judge Lucy H. Koh granted the motion without oral argument, and dismissed all of the allegations, but with leave to amend. In so doing, she held that the complaint was bereft of any plausible allegation that would support a claim under Section 2 of the Sherman Act. The execution of an exclusive and a non-exclusive patent license for various fields of use do not raise antitrust concerns where one alleged monopolist is simply substituted for another. As such, the complaint can be currently described as a "dry hole".
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