Mushroom Co-op Not Outside Antitrust Law: Judge

Law360, New York (March 27, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A federal judge overseeing litigation alleging a price-fixing conspiracy in the mushroom market has denied summary judgment motions by defendants who argued they were immune to antitrust charges.

Judge Thomas N. O’Neill of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania ruled Thursday the defendants in the consolidated class action were not exempt from claims of conspiracy because they did not qualify as an exempt cooperative.

The defendants, which include mushroom growers, packagers, sellers and other entities that were either members or affiliates of...
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