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In re: Bath and Kitchen Fixtures Antitrust Litigation, 07-1520

In an antitrust action alleging a price-fixing conspiracy by manufacturers of bath and kitchen plumbing fixtures, an order striking plaintiffs' notice of voluntary dismissal is vacated and remanded where Fed. R. Civ. P. 41 allows a voluntary dismissal without prejudice at any time before defendants serve an answer or a motion for summary judgment, and defendants' filing of a 12(b)(6) motion to dismiss therefore did not foreclose the availability of voluntary dismissal under the rule.

Appellate Information

  • Argued 01/28/2008
  • Decided 07/28/2008
  • Published 07/28/2008

Judges

  • Before:  SCIRICA, Chief Judge, RENDELL, Circuit Judge, and THOMPSON, District Judge.

Court

  • United States Third Circuit

Counsel

  • For Appellant:
  • Robert J. LaRocca, Esquire, (Argued), Kohn, Swift & Graf, Steven A. Asher, Esquire Weinstein, Kitchenoff & Asher Gerald J. Rodos, Esquire Barrack, Rodos & Bacine Warren Rubin, Esquire Law Offices of Bernard M. Gross Philadelphia, PA, Attorneys for Appellants.

  • For Appellees:
  • Joseph R. Baker, Esquire, (Argued), Richard J. Favretto, Esquire, Mark W. Ryan, Esquire, Mayer Brown, Washington, D.C. Barbara W. Mather, Esquire, Pepper Hamilton Philadelphia, PA, Attorneys for Appellee, Trane Inc., Eric J. McCarthy, Esquire, Margaret M. Zwisler, Esquire, Latham & Watkins, Washington, D.C., Attorneys for Appellee Masco Corporation., Stephen W. Armstrong, Esquire, Peter Breslauer, Esquire, Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads, Philadelphia, PA, Charles G. Curtis, Jr., Esquire, Heller Ehrman, Madison, WI, Robert A. Rosenfeld, Esquire, Heller Ehrman, San Francisco, CA, Attorneys for Appellee, Kohler Company., Adam K. Levin, Esquire, Mitchell E. Zamoff, Esquire, Hogan & Hartson, Washington, D.C., Attorneys for Appellee, Eljer Plumbingware.
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