Judge says salmon buyers may swell the pricing suit

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By Grace Dixon (October 29, 2021, 7:00 p.m. EDT) – A federal judge in Florida has given the green light to the contested offer of direct buyers to modify their massive price-fixing complaint against salmon farming companies, ruling that Buyers can add an antitrust “rule of reason” to their consolidated class action lawsuit.

Although the companies have claimed the buyers’ amendment will completely turn the years of the case into litigation, Judge Cecilia M. Altonaga ruled Wednesday that adding the stricter standard of “rule of reason” in addition to the “per se” standard to antitrust claims was not to prejudice businesses simply because the amendment could broaden the scope of discovery.

“The standard … does not prevent an amendment just because it can …

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