Vitamin C Ruling Shows Foreign Cos. Can't Pass Cartel Buck

Law360, New York (October 6, 2011, 7:18 PM EDT) -- A recent ruling by the federal judge overseeing vitamin C antitrust litigation that rejected the Chinese defendants' claims that their government made them fix prices underscores an increasing skepticism by courts toward companies seeking shelter behind foreign statutes. It could also prove a boon to plaintiffs in pending antitrust suits, attorneys say.

While the decision could well end up on appeal before the Second Circuit, the Eastern District of New York's stark refusal to accept the defense — backed up by the Chinese government itself —...
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