The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has revived an antitrust suit brought by a group of “mom-and-pop” beer distributors in Pittsburgh who say the owners of the Beer World chain of supermarket-sized stores engaged in illegal tactics in an attempt to establish monopoly power.

But the court upheld the dismissal of civil RICO claims after finding that the plaintiffs’ theory on that claim was fatally flawed since it failed to show that the injury suffered was proximately caused by Beer World’s predicate acts.

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