Pacific Northwest Seattle-based Expeditors International said Friday that it and seven other global logistics providers were named in a...

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Seattle-based Expeditors International said Friday that it and seven other global logistics providers were named in a federal antitrust lawsuit that accuses them of anti-competitive practices.

The suit, which seeks class-action status, was filed in federal court in New York by three users of freight-forwarding services provided by the companies.

In a news release, Expeditors said the allegations “are without merit.”

In October, Expeditors disclosed it had received a subpoena from the U.S. Department of Justice seeking “information and records relating to an investigation of air cargo freight forwarders.”

Expeditors is among the world’s dozen largest freight forwarders, who function as brokers and agents for shipping cargo around the world.

Benaroya Co.

Everett buildings to sell separately

Seattle’s venerable Benaroya Co. said Friday it has purchased a seven-building office park in Everett and plans to sell each building off separately.

The company, founded in 1956, paid $4.45 million for the 37,000-square-foot Park Place Plaza complex on Everett Mall Way. The seller was Winward Shopping Center of Hawaii.

Benaroya also owns office and industrial buildings in Bellevue, Bothell and Pierce County.

Compiled from Seattle Times business staff