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Lawsuit alleges potato growers fixed prices


July 5, 2010
By The Packer

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July 5, 2010 – The United
Potato Growers of America is facing a lawsuit claiming it and other
companies engaged in “classic cartel behavior,” conspiring to control potato
supplies and fix prices at artificially high levels.



July 5, 2010 – The United
Potato Growers of America
, a cooperative that includes growers from major
production areas across the country, is facing a lawsuit claiming it and other
companies engaged in “classic cartel behavior,” conspiring to control potato
supplies and fix prices at artificially high levels.

The civil suit, filed in
June, claims United Potato and other companies, including Dole Food Co.,
“entered into an admitted and overarching agreement to manage the supply of
potatoes in the United States for the purpose of elevating the sales prices,”
according to the lawsuit, filed June 18 in U.S. District Court for eastern
Idaho
.

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