Tuna Price Fixing Civil Suit Picks Up as Wal-Mart, Other Retailers File Amended Complaints
SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton May 16, 2017
The announcement by the Dept. of Justice that Bumble Bee plead guilty to a criminal price-fixing charge has led to a flurry of amended complaints in the retail class action suit against the three big tuna companies who dominate the US market.
In the plea agreement, Bumble Bee was the first corporate defendant to plead guilty to a criminal charge. Last December two Bumble Bee Executives had also pled guilty to a price-fixing charge.
In the Bumble Bee plea, the company admitted to price fixing from the first quarter of 2011 through the 4th quarter of 2013.
However, the amended complaint by Wal-Mart and others, such as Winn Dixie, allege that the conspiracy traces back to 2004,
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