New York dentist alleges dental suppliers violate antitrust law

By Robbie Hargett | Mar 23, 2016

BROOKLYN, New York (Legal Newsline) - A New York dentist is suing the three largest dental supplies distributors in the United States. over allegations they unreasonably restrain trade in their market.

Alexander Greenberg of New York City, individually and for all others similarly situated, filed a class action lawsuit March 15 in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York against Patterson Companies Inc., Henry Schein Inc., and Benco Dental Supply Company, alleging violations of the Sherman Antitrust Act.

The suit alleges the defendants have conspired to maintain and extend their dominant collective market power in the distribution of dental supplies. Specifically, the defendants allegedly refuse to deal with dental supply manufacturers that allow rival distributors to distribute their products, refuse to continue sponsoring dental association trade shows when the association endorsed or partnered with lower-cost distributors, and spread fear and doubt about lower-cost distributors.

Greenberg and others in the class seek to recover all improper overcharges paid above the competitive price that would have prevailed had the defendants not acted as such, plus interests, attorney fees, costs of the suit and a jury trial. They are represented by attorney Jeffrey H. Squire of Bragar Eagel & Squire in New York.

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York Case number 1:16-CV-01280-BMC-GRB

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