On Nov. 6 the Supreme Court began examination of a case that could offer a ruling on so-called mass action lawsuits that happen on behalf of states. In question is whether or not businesses should be subject to suit twice, once on behalf of the individuals and again on behalf of the state they’re citizens of.
The case at issue revolves around a suit brought by the Mississippi Attorney General against the manufacturers of LCD televisions. The antitrust suit alleges that major LCD manufacturers conspired to fix prices on televisions. While the suits on behalf of the consumers have largely been settled, there is question surround whether or not a State can file suit against them as well.