Ex-Bumble Bee CEO Fights Antitrust Conviction At 9th Circ.

By Dorothy Atkins (June 16, 2021, 5:10 PM EDT) -- Former Bumble Bee CEO Chris Lischewski urged the Ninth Circuit on Wednesday to overturn his conviction for his role in an alleged tuna price-fixing conspiracy, arguing that the trial judge gave erroneous instructions that provided jurors with too many details on antitrust law and led to his wrongful conviction.

Lischewski's counsel John D. Cline told a three-judge panel that this was a "very close case" and the panel should consider the jury instructions "collectively," because they were all erroneous and confusing. He added that the jury instruction that "troubles me the most" is a so-called mutual understanding instruction that repeatedly instructed...

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