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Cormier Named Co-Lead Counsel in Casino-Hotel Antitrust Class Action

A New Jersey federal court has named the firm’s Chris Cormier interim co-lead class counsel in an antitrust class action involving Atlantic City casino-hotels and leading hospitality software provider. The plaintiffs allege that the defendants fixed prices by knowingly using the same pricing algorithm to set supra-competitive room rates, and that the algorithm receives and analyzes, among other things, the hotels’ current, proprietary data to generate recommended rates for each hotel. In the order, the Court noted counsel’s “considerable work in identifying and investigating the potential claims,” “extensive experience litigating class actions and multidistrict antitrust actions” in “various court-appointed leadership positions,” and “requisite degree of knowledge” of federal antitrust law. In this role, Chris and his co-lead counsel will manage and coordinate all pretrial activities for the proposed class.

The case is Cornish-Adebiyi et al. v. Caesars Entertainment Inc. et al., Case No. 1:23-cv-02536, in U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey.

The plaintiffs are Karen Cornish-Adebiyi, Monica Blair-Smith, and Luis Santiago.

The defendants are Cendyn Group LLC, Caesars Entertainment, MGM Resorts, Hard Rock International, and their respective Atlantic City casino-hotels, Caesars Atlantic City, Harrah’s Atlantic City, Tropicana Atlantic City, Bally’s Atlantic City, Borgata, and Hard Rock Atlantic City.