A federal district court judge has dismissed a lawsuit against T. Rowe Price Associates of Baltimore in which shareholders in the Rowe Price-Fleming International Stock Fund claimed they paid excessive fees. Fund lawyers said the decision provides new clarity about the minimum allegations a shareholder must make for an excessive fee case to be heard.

The shareholders' allegations were so broad that they failed to show even a remote link between the allegedly high fees shareholders paid and the services T. Rowe Price provided the fund, Judge Andre M. Davis of Baltimore wrote in a decision March 20. The fact that other fund advisers charged less to run funds similar to the International Stock Fund was not sufficient to prove that the fund's fees were so high that they violated federal law, Davis wrote.

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