Prosecutor Rejects $46.72M Deal In Orange Juice Case

Law360, New York (November 10, 2006, 12:00 AM EST) -- The Federal Prosecutor’s Office in São Paulo has rejected a decision by Brazil’s Justice Ministry to settle an antitrust investigation into the orange juice industry for $46.72 million, according to the Sao Paulo orange growers association, Associtrus.

The Justice Ministry's consumer affairs division, SDE, offered juice makers the opportunity to pay the fee and end the case.

Federal prosecutor José Elaeres Teixiera said that the SDE’s proposed settlement would affect the credibility of the prosecutor’s office.

"To close this five year investigation just as its starting...
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