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Tuna Price-Fixing Case May Regain Class Status, With Redo Ahead

Aug. 3, 2021, 7:14 PM

Consumers, wholesalers, and bulk buyers of canned tuna persuaded a federal appeals court in San Francisco on Tuesday to consider restoring class status to their price-fixing lawsuit against StarKist Co.—the only remaining defendant—after a three-judge panel decertified the antitrust class action in April.

The full U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit vacated the panel’s decision and agreed to rehear the case, issuing a brief ruling that didn’t contain any reasoning. Eight judges didn’t participate in the vote, according to the order signed by Chief Judge Sidney R. Thomas.

The panel’s April 6 ruling overturned a decision by Judge ...

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