A class action lawsuit has been filed in the Central District of California for allegedly illegally dividing the Law School Aptitude Test and BAR/BRI exam test preparation businesses to increase review costs. Over 300,000 law students and lawyers were charged an extra $1000 for the separated review courses. The two companies entered into an agreement to strategically work together to promote Kaplan's share of the LSAT market and to enhance BAR/BRI control of the bar review market.
UPDATE: A new antitrust class action lawsuit against West Publishing Corporation, dba BAR/BRI, and Kaplan, Inc. was filed today in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California in Los Angeles, Case No. CV 08-810 RSW(Ex). The lawsuit accuses the two companies of illegally dividing their highly lucrative LSAT and bar exam test preparation businesses. According to the complaint, executives of BAR/BRI and Kaplan secretly agreed to a per se illegal market division, which, in part, involved BAR/BRI annually paying to Kaplan substantial sums to keep it out of its bar review course market. The Complaint further alleges that BAR/BRI has engaged for decades in an overall scheme to monopolize the relevant market, by committing a litany of antitrust violations. [NEWS RELEASE WIRE]
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