SuperValu, C&S Beat Class Cert. In Price-Fixing Suit

Although expert analysis showed SuperValu and C&S profits increased after a deal was struck, the analysis couldn't prove that grocery stores paid higher prices because of alleged price-fixing...

July 26, 2012

Law360, Los Angeles (July 26, 2012, 3:38 PM ET) -- In a ruling unsealed Wednesday, a Minnesota federal judge refused to certify a class of grocers who allege wholesalers SuperValu Inc. and C&S Wholesale Grocers Inc. conspired to charge them inflated prices after entering noncompete agreements.

U.S. District Judge Ann D. Montgomery said in the July 16 ruling that there was no proof that each potential class member, independent grocery stores located throughout the Midwest and New England, paid higher prices for wholesale goods as a result of C&S and SuperValu's alleged collusion.

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