Checkpoint Appeals $86M Antitrust Lawsuit by ID Security Systems

THOROFARE, N.J.—Checkpoint Systems Inc. is appealing a federal court ruling in May that it had violated antitrust laws when it interfered with ID Security Systems’ contract to distribute anti-theft retail tags made by Tokai Electronics of Japan. The company’s filing for a motion for post-trial relief was announced in mid-June.

The jury had found New Jersey-based Checkpoint guilty of attempted monopolization and conspiracy to monopolize, in addition to related state law claims.

The post-trail motion means Checkpoint can request to either dismiss the verdict or order for a new trial. Both Checkpoint and ID Security Systems will be able to argue their case to the judge during this time.

“By exercising our rights of appeal, Checkpoint will have the further opportunity to assert its legal position,” said Neil Austin, vice president, general counsel of Checkpoint. “The post-trial and appeal process will take place during the next 12 to 18 months.”

With Checkpoint’s $80 million judgment in assessed damages to ID Security Systems, the federal court ordered a stay to remain in effect for the length of the appeal process.

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