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SCOTUS Turns Down Tuna Antitrust Case Raising Class Action Issue

Nov. 14, 2022, 2:33 PM

The US Supreme Court declined Monday to take up antitrust litigation over an industrywide scheme to fix canned tuna prices, passing on the chance to weigh whether two lower courts were wrong to certify the long-running case as a class action.

The high court said it won’t review a ruling by the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, which held that the lawsuit’s statistical model could likely show “in one stroke” if collusion among StarKist Co., Bumble Bee Foods LLC, and Chicken of the Sea led to widespread overcharges.

The appeals court found in April that even if ...