Vitamin C Buyers Win Class Cert. In Antitrust MDL

Law360, New York (January 26, 2012, 5:29 PM EST) -- A New York federal judge on Wednesday certified classes of direct and indirect vitamin purchasers seeking damages and an injunction against several Chinese manufacturers accused of fixing prices for vitamin C.

U.S. District Judge Brian M. Cogan rejected the defendants' claims that The Ranis Co. couldn't represent the direct purchasers seeking damages from the Chinese companies because it had simply been assigned the antitrust claim from the company that actually purchased the vitamin C.

The judge, who is handling the multidistrict litigation over the allegedly Chinese...
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