Thursday, February 25, 2010

Settlement Reached in Catalina Scuba Diving Price Fixing Case

A story from our backyard here in SoCal.

The Los Angeles County district attorney's office said Monday that it settled an antitrust and unfair competition case involving scuba diving on Catalina Island.

John W. Mello, immediate past owner of Catalina Diver Supply, had been accused of colluding with another scuba shop owner in an attempt to fix prices of scuba-diving tours in Avalon, the district attorney said.

Without admitting liability, Mello agreed to pay $11,000 in legal costs, civil penalties and other costs stemming from the case, according to the district attorney.

Under the terms of the agreement, Mello is prohibited from engaging in any conduct involving fixing or attempted fixing of scuba business prices or soliciting other competitors to agree to fix prices, the district attorney said.

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hotels catalina said...

I'm glad to hear he was penalized for that! That is not a fair thing to do and takes away from enjoying diving!