Chinese Vitamin C Collusion Was Coerced, Ex-Official Says

Law360, New York (March 5, 2013, 8:06 PM EST) -- Chinese vitamin C makers were forced to fix prices or risked being banned from the lucrative U.S. market by the Chinese government, a former official from the country's Ministry of Commerce told a jury Tuesday.

Qiao Haili, who retired from the government in 2011, testified in a Brooklyn federal courtroom that vitamin C manufacturers faced stiff penalties if they didn't follow price and export quotas. Haili, a key witness for the defense, led an industry chamber group formed by MOFCOM's successor that he said coordinated vitamin...
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