On Wednesday, November 29, 2017, Judge Vernon S. Broderick, of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, rejected Keurig Green Mountain Inc.’s (“Keurig”) motion to dismiss multiple lawsuits against Keurig and its parent company, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc. (collectively, “Defendants”) brought by purchasers of K-Cup coffee pods. The lawsuits allege Keurig’s coffee maker freezes out competitors’ coffee cups as part of an anti-competitive scheme.
In June 2014, eight lawsuits against Defendants alleging various anti-competitive actions were combined into a multi-district litigation. According to the lawsuits, Keurig allegedly discouraged consumers from buying other companies’ single-serve pods by falsely claiming they could cause their machines to fail, filed baseless patent infringement lawsuits against competitors, improperly acquired competitors, entered into exclusionary agreements with suppliers and distributors to prevent competitors from entering the market, and introduced a product redesign that allegedly locks out non-Keurig branded cups.
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