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RedPlum sues SmartSource over alleged monopoly

Posted November 14, 2013

Red Plum coupons insert


Coming to a courtroom near you: RedPlum vs SmartSource in a $2.24 BILLION lawsuit! Read on for the interesting details about this long-standing feud (and brand new legal action) between the companies who bring us the coupons we love.

In an article from, the less-than-friendly relationship between the companies that publish the RedPlum and SmartSource inserts is spelled out.  Not only have they been doing battle for years, they have each previously sued each other and both won various judgements.

This most recent complaint,  filed on Friday, alleges that News America Marketing (publisher of SmartSource) has been monopolizing in-store coupons and advertising opprtunities through questionable methods. Among other things, Valassis (publisher of RedPlum) claims that even when they win the hard to get in-store advertising contracts, News America has refused to remove their advertising and has even removed the Valassis materials instead!

According to the lawsuit, SmartSource and RedPlum used to have about an equal share in the coupon inserts. Now, because of the alleged monopoly, SmartSource has approximately 65% while RedPlum only has 35%.

I will agree that the SmartSource inserts have been consistently bigger than the RedPlum inserts in the last few years. Have you noticed the same thing?

I'll keep you informed of the outcome. For the full, and fascinating story, head to

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  • nakabi Nov 14, 2013


    And yes, I agree, seems to be more SS than RP's in the last few years...either way, I don't care, as long as I keep getting Q's! lol