Antitrust suits challenge United Potato Growers co-ops

06/29/2010 02:00:00 AM

A company in New York has filed a suit against the United Potato Growers of America and 23 other entities, saying they don't qualify for limited antitrust protection accorded cooperatives by the Capper-Volstead Act.

As expected, another lawsuit against the same plaintiffs was filed shortly afterward, this time a class-action suit in California.

In a statement, the Salt Lake City-based United Potato Growers defend the co-op and say the allegations are unfounded.

"At this time, not enough is known as to what the costs and implications, if any, will be for the local United affiliated co-op," co-op leaders wrote in a newsletter to growers.

Read more in The Packer.



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