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Judge consolidates antitrust lawsuits against Sinclair Broadcast

Judge consolidates antitrust lawsuits against Sinclair Broadcast

A panel of federal judges has consolidated 17 lawsuits accusing Sinclair Broadcast Group and other media companies of scheming to artificially raise prices for local television advertisements.

Cases pending in federal court in Maryland and Illinois will be combined with 15 related cases and heard in Illinois, a panel on multidistrict litigation ordered this week.

“The actions commonly allege that the conspiracy was effectuated by sharing competitively sensitive information through … advertising sales teams in order to raise advertising prices to supracompetitive levels,” said the order, filed Tuesday.

Sinclair had no comment on the lawsuit consolidations, a spokesman...

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