Crash and Burn: Magistrate Recommends Dismissal of Indiana and Tennessee Body Shop Antitrust Cases; District Court Dismisses Mississippi Case

The ongoing multi-district body shop antitrust case has hit more roadblocks.

First, last week, Magistrate Judge Smith in the Middle District of Florida recommended dismissal of all counts in the Indiana case. (Full disclosure: The Bose McKinney & Evans team of Brian Jones, Curtis Jones, and Joel Nagle represents one of the defendants in the Indiana case.) Regarding the plaintiffs’ Sherman Act claims, the magistrate adopted the District Court’s reasoning in dismissing those claims in the related Florida case. (See our post here.) The magistrate dismissed the plaintiffs’ others state law claims based on Indiana law.

Second, yesterday, Judge Smith recommended dismissal of the Tennessee case along similar lines.

And finally, last Friday, District Judge Presnell adopted Magistrate Smith’s report and recommendations dismissing the Mississippi case. All of these documents are provided below.

I wanted to make some kind of humorous remark that illustrates the subject matter, but instead, just go Goggle “Russian dashcam videos.” You won’t be disappointed.

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About Brian Jones

I represent clients in all aspects of business litigation, but focus my practice on complex litigation and arbitration matters concerning insurance and reinsurance, antitrust, class actions, securities, real estate disputes, and contract matters. I am the co-chair of the Bose McKinney & Evans Insurance Group. I was listed in the 2017 and 2016 "Best Lawyers in America" for Insurance Coverage and named a "Rising Star" in Insurance Coverage by Super Lawyers in Indiana in 2014. I was also named a "Rising Star" in Business Litigation by Super Lawyers in Indiana in 2013 and 2012, and a 2010 “Rising Star” in Business Litigation in Texas. I am a member of the State Bars of Indiana and Texas, the Defense Research Institute, a former member of the Pro Bono College of the State Bar of Texas, and I am licensed to practice before all state courts in Indiana and Texas, as well as all federal courts in Indiana, the Northern, Western, and Southern Districts of Texas, the Northern District of Illinois, and the United States Courts of Appeals for the Fifth, Seventh, and Eleventh Circuits. I received my bachelor’s degree, cum laude, in political science and my master’s degree in teaching from Trinity University, where I was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. I received my doctor of jurisprudence degree from the University of Texas School of Law, where I was the Director of Communications for the Legal Research Board and a member of the Phi Delta Phi Honor Society. Before attending law school, I taught high school geography, government and economics in San Antonio, Texas.
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