An executive at StarKist faces federal antitrust charges related to a price fixing scheme. Federal prosecutors charged the exec in federal court last week. Earlier this year, Bumble Bee Foods pleaded guilty to price fixing related to the price of the company’s canned tuna products.
According to prosecutors, StarKist, Bumble Bee and others conspired to set, raise and maintain US packaged seafood prices. Prosecutors say the conspiracy operated successfully between 2010 and 2013.
Last year, retail giant Walmart filed a federal lawsuit against Bumble Bee, StarKist and Chicken of the Sea parent company, Tri-Union. The suit claims that the manufacturers worked together on anti-competitive strategies for more than a decade. Walmart charged in its suit that the companies reduced product sizes while keeping prices artificially high.
Federal officials are looking more closely at food production as a source of antitrust violations. Recently, milk and poultry producers have also come under federal price fixing scrutiny. Federal regulators found that milk producers unlawfully slaughtered hundreds of thousands of dairy cows to inflate the price of milk. That action is the subject of a multi-state settlement that provides rebates directly to customers.
Ventura County antitrust attorney
Antitrust statutes are complex. They feature both civil and criminal penalties, and represent a real danger to executives. If you’re accused of antitrust violations – price fixing, bid rigging, market allocation, kickbacks or other crime, call Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend is a noted federal criminal defense practitioner. He has the experience to serve as your antitrust attorney.
Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of courtroom defense experience. He takes cases in both federal and state courts. He offers an aggressive style of defense, and will work endlessly to protect your rights and freedom.
Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (805) 273-5611, (310) 456-3317 or (818) 591-2809 for an immediate consultation on your Ventura County antitrust case.
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