BakerHostetler Booted From Shipping Price-Fixing Suits

Law360, New York (May 8, 2013, 2:15 PM EDT) -- BakerHostetler was disqualified last week from defending a shipping company in federal price-fixing suits spawned by a criminal investigation, after Nestle USA Inc. argued that the firm's representation it in unrelated disputes created a conflict of interest.

On April 30, U.S. Magistrate Judge James R. Klindt found that BakerHostetler, which represents Nestle and co-plaintiff YRC Worldwide Inc. in unrelated environmental and labor law cases, should not be allowed to defend Sea Star Line LLC in any of four price-fixing cases against it and other shipping companies. Nestle and YRCW are plaintiffs in only one of the four antitrust suits and, in...

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