MILWAUKEE (CN) – The two leaders of the coupon processing industry conspire to raise and fix prices, allocate customers, breach contracts and defraud, the Montana Food Distributors Association claims in a federal RICO antitrust class action.
The plaintiff, representing 162 retailers, claims that coupon processing is “a highly concentrated industry beset with fraud, corruption, and agreements among competitors to allocate customers and not to compete. The industry is dominated by three coupon processors,” defendants International Outsourcing Services, of Indiana; Inmar, of North Carolina and Inmar’s subsidiaries, Carolina Manufacturer’s Services and Carolina Services; and non-party NCH Marketing Services, the complaint states.
Plaintiffs accuse International Outsourcing and Inmar of antitrust conspiracy. They are represented by Daniel Kotchen with Kotchen & Low of Washington, D.C.