Irish Watchdog Defends Farmers Group Antitrust Raid

Law360, New York (May 25, 2011, 4:12 PM EDT) -- Ireland's antitrust watchdog on Wednesday defended how its investigators handled a recent raid of the Irish Farmers' Association as part of a milk price-fixing probe, amid a protest march accusing the regulator of favoring big retailers over small farmers.

The country's Competition Authority conducted surprise inspections at the IFA's headquarters on May 13 as part of its ongoing investigation into claims of price-fixing in the market for liquid milk, the regulator confirmed Wednesday. The authority said it launched the probe after groups of farmers recently disrupted...
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