Destroyed Docs Get Mushroom Co. Sanctions In Antitrust MDL

By Ben James (August 3, 2012, 2:54 PM EDT) -- A Pennsylvania federal judge sanctioned M.D. Basciani & Sons Inc. on Wednesday in multidistrict litigation alleging a conspiracy to hike mushroom prices, holding the mushroom seller liable for an affiliated distributor's destruction of documents sought by the plaintiffs.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Timothy R. Rice granted a motion from direct purchaser plaintiffs Giant Eagle Inc. and Publix Super Markets Inc. seeking sanctions for spoliation, which stemmed from a 2007 request for transactional data on mushroom sales and prices.

M.D. Basciani didn't produce the transactional data, and told the plaintiffs to seek those documents from its distributor Basciani Foods Inc., according to court...

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