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StarKist Asks Justices to Strip Tuna Case of Class Action Status

Aug. 9, 2022, 4:36 PM

StarKist Co. asked the US Supreme Court to shut down a closely watched lawsuit over its role in an alleged industrywide scheme to inflate the price of canned tuna, after two lower courts ruled that tuna buyers could litigate the antitrust case on a class action basis.

The company urged the justices to review a decision by the full US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, which held in April that statistical models offered by three groups of tuna purchasers were capable of showing “in one stroke” if the price-fixing conspiracy led to widespread overcharges.

The appeals court found ...