Milk Producers Look To End Dairy Price-Fixing Class Action
Law360 (May 21, 2019, 5:27 PM EDT) -- A group of milk producers accused of illegal price fixing through a now-canceled program to slaughter milk cows told an Illinois federal court Monday that federal law exempts them from antitrust scrutiny and the case should be dismissed.
The producers told U.S. District Judge Nancy J. Rosenstengel the Clayton Act bars antitrust laws from blocking the existence and operation of not-for-profit agricultural organizations created for the purposes of mutual help. Even though the herd retirement program at issue failed, its parent was the National Milk Producers Federation, an organization that falls squarely within that exemption, they told the judge.
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