Developers Continuing to Pursue Antitrust Suits

Posted on June 26th, 2017

Fidelity Eatontown and QuickChek, represented by AGA attorneys Joshua Bauchner and Michael Ansell, will continue to pursue their claims against Excellency Enterprises, Kennedy Auto Service and others for attempting to eliminate competition in the local market for gas station convenience stores by preventing Plaintiffs’ developments from moving forward.

Fidelity Eatontown and QuickChek asserted violations of the Sherman Act and the New Jersey Antitrust Act, as well as claims for tortious interference and civil conspiracy, by Defendants after they filed allegedly frivolous litigations seeking to delay construction on Eatontown Planning Board approved developments by Fidelity and QuickChek.

According to a story published by www.law360.com by Joyce Hansen, U.S. District Judge Brian R. Martinotti  “ruled that the developers had made claims that could show the gas station companies had tried to discourage competition by making baseless challenges to the developers’ planning applications.”

Bauchner told LAW360 “The court’s decision confirms that entities seeking to abuse the land use process by engaging in sham litigation to prevent lawful competition are properly subject to federal antitrust claims.”

For the full story on Judge Martinotti’s decision, visit www.law360.com.

ANSELL GRIMM & AARON, PC zoning and land use attorneys have successfully secured land use approvals for many notable projects throughout the State of New Jersey and our litigation practice group offers extensive legal acumen as well as an in-depth understanding of all commercial operations. Please contact Joshua S. Bauchner (jb@ansellgrimm.com) or Michael H. Ansell (mha@ansellgrimm.com) to discuss your case.

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