The Joseph Saveri Law Firm is co-counsel in an antitrust class action filed in September 2015 on behalf of Illinois-based Central Grocers, Inc. and purchasers of certain packaged seafood in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California. The lawsuit alleges that in an effort to combat the prospect of diminishing profits as growth in the industry declined, the nation’s largest packaged seafood producers unlawfully conspired to form anti-competitive pricing, allocate customers, and restrict capacity in the United States packaged seafood market. Defendants include Bumble Bee Foods, LLC, Bee Seafoods, LLC, Tri-Union Seafoods, LLC, StarKist Company, and King Oscar, Inc, which together comprise approximately 85% of sales in the U.S. packaged seafood market.
The defendants’ unlawful acts, allegedly starting as early as January 1, 2000 and continuing to the present day, have caused packaged seafood consumers in the U.S. to pay inflated prices for shelf-stable packaged seafood including tuna, clam, crab, mackerel, oysters, salmon, sardines, and shrimp.
The suit, In re Packaged Seafood Antitrust Litigation, seeks to recover damages and injunctive relief under Section 1 of the federal Sherman Act, and under Section 4 and 16 of the federal Clayton Act. It is ongoing and currently consolidated with similar cases in the United States District Court’s Southern District of California.