Robbie Hargett Aug. 13, 2015, 10:16am


MINNEAPOLIS (Legal Newsline) - A Eden Prairie, Minn., man is suing several large retail corporations over claims of alleged price-fixing for alcoholic beverages.

Charles Freiberg, individually and for all others similarly situated, filed a class action complaint June 25 against Target Corp. and individually against Applebee's International, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Whole Foods Market, Cost Plus, and Responsible Hospitality Institute, citing a conspiracy to fix retail alcohol prices in communities across North America, beginning as early as 1983, according to the complaint filed in the Second Judicial District Court of Minnesota.

The defendants recently removed the case to federal court.

The complaint alleges that these corporations colluded to fix prices in order to increase profits in retail locations across the continent, under the guise of promoting responsible drinking, resulting in overcharges and damages to the plaintiff and others in the class.

Freiberg and other class members seek restitution in the form of requiring that all defendants take the necessary actions to remove themselves from the conspiracy, as well as compensation for monetary losses and court costs. Freiberg is represented by Steve Uhr of the Office of Steven E. Uhr of Eden Prairie.

U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota case number 0:15-cv-03135-SRN-SER.

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