Maine restaurant latest to sue salmon farmers over alleged price fixing

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Norwegian salmon farmers face another class action lawsuit.

Since February, a number of small businesses have been bringing law action suits against the salmon giants based on US anti-trust legislation.

Court documents show that Portland Hunt + Alpine Club, based in Portland, Maine, USA, is the latest to do so.

“Farm-Raised Salmon purchased by Plaintiff was impacted by the conduct of one or more of the Defendants, constituting an antitrust violation as alleged herein, and plaintiff suffered monetary loss as a result of the antitrust violations alleged herein,” it said in it’s filing.

The case is identical to at least ten other American individual lawsuits from individuals/businesses such as Euclid Fish Company which is suing en mass Mowi, SalMar, Lerøy, Bremnes Seashore, Grieg Seafood and Ocean Quality (the latter being owned by Grieg Seafood and Bremnes Seashore).

The lawsuit follows the European Commission’s investigation of the same companies in February. The legal documents, which show that the lawsuit relies heavily on the EU Commission’s ongoing investigation into alleged price manipulation that was initiated by raids against several of the companies at the end of February this year.

Mowi and Grieg Seafood told SalmonBusiness in April that they rejected the charges.

The restaurant is represented by Berman and Simmons.