U.S. Supreme Court schedules oral argument for Jim Hood’s price-fixing lawsuit

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in November related to Attorney General Jim Hood’s price-fixing lawsuit against liquid crystal display (LCD) screen manufacturers.

In 2011, Hood sued the companies, accusing them of price-fixing from December 2006 to April 2011. He claimed the companies of forcing consumers to pay too much for their products, in violation of the Mississippi Consumer Protection Act. LCD screens are used in computers and televisions.

Hood brought the action in Hinds County Chancery Court, under the parens patriae theory, which allows a state’s top law enforcement officer to sue on behalf of his constituents.

The defendants removed the case from chancery court to Mississippi’s Southern District federal court. In court filings, defendants argued that the Class Action Fairness Act, passed by Congress in 2005, allowed the change in venue because the plaintiffs were the people of Mississippi, not Hood.