A Manhattan federal judge has ruled that the BAR/BRI bar exam review comprises separate state-specific and multistate components that could potentially be tied and forced on consumers in violation of antitrust laws.

Between 80 percent and 90 percent of those who take a bar preparatory course, or around 40,000 lawyers and students a year, take one offered by BAR/BRI, a unit of Canadian financial and legal information conglomerate Thomson Corp. The company has recently been the target of antitrust class actions in New York and Los Angeles alleging it abuses a monopoly position.

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