Plaintiffs allege that the country's largest dental supply distributors colluded to suppress price competition so they could charge artificially inflated prices for dental supplies and equipment. The dental supply companies Henry Schein, Inc., Patterson Companies and Benco Dental Supply Company, were accused of colluding to fix prices on crowns, numbing agents, X-ray accessories and other products, and also colluding to boycott supporters of a lower-cost rival.
Dentists typically buy supplies through centralized clearinghouses, as opposed to purchasing goods directly from manufacturers. Collectively, these companies reportedly control over 85 percent of all distributor sales of dental products and services nationwide, according to court filings.
All persons or entities that purchased Dental Products directly from Schein, Patterson or Benco between August 31, 2008 and March 31, 2016. Excluded from the Class are Schein, Patterson and Benco (including their subsidiaries, affiliates and employees), and all federal or state government entities.
Once the settlement is final, customers that are included in the defendants' databases will be notified of next steps. Organizations such as the ADA will be contacted to provide information, and a settlement website will be set up to explain the terms and process for making a claim.
- Henry Schein, Inc.
- Patterson Companies
- Benco Dental Supply Company
Pending Settlement: $80,000,000
Filing Deadline: September 19, 2019