Grocery Chain Beats Antitrust Suit Over Produce Restrictions

Law360, New York (January 17, 2013, 7:43 PM EST) -- A Texas federal judge on Thursday tossed a bankrupt produce distributor's lawsuit alleging supermarket chain HEB Grocery Co. LP violated antitrust law by imposing exclusivity restrictions on produce it could sell, saying the claims had been brought too late.

Delta Produce LP argued an exclusivity agreement prohibiting it from selling produce to HEB's competitors violated the Sherman and Clayton Acts and Texas law, but U.S. District Judge Harry Lee Hudspeth dismissed the suit's claims in their entirety, saying Delta's ill timing plus lack of standing on...
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