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Unprecedented Settlement Reached in Antitrust Class Action against Chinese Producers of Vitamin C

06.27.2012

On behalf of a class of direct and indirect purchasers, in May 2012 BSF negotiated a $10.5 million settlement in a price-fixing case brought against Chinese companies. This marks the first-ever settlement of U.S. civil antitrust claims by a Chinese company. The settling-defendant, Aland (Jiangshan) Nutraceutical Co., is one of four Chinese companies facing charges of collusion to limit production and fixing prices of vitamin C in the United States.

In September 2011, Judge Cogan of the Eastern District of New York issued an important 72-page decision, denying the manufacturers' motions for summary judgment and dismissing their defense that the Chinese government mandated their conduct. 

Please click onto the links below for related media coverage.

The American Lawyer, June 27, 2012
Pulling Back the Curtain
http://www.americanlawyer.com/PubArticleTAL.jsp?id=1202560243...

Am Law Litigation Daily, May 22, 2012
Antitrust Plaintiffs Score First Settlement in Chinese Vitamin C Litigation
http://www.americanlawyer.com/digestTAL.jsp?id=1202555605203&...

Law360 [subscription], May 22, 2012
Chinese Vitamin Maker Pays $10.5M To Bow Out Of Cartel Case
http://www.law360.com/articles/342844/chinese-vitamin-maker-p...

The American Lawyer, January 26, 2012
Plaintiffs Win Class Cert in Price-Fixing Suit Against Chinese Vitamin Makers
http://www.law.com/jsp/tal/digestTAL.jsp?id=1202540213624&slr...

Law360 [subscription], January 26, 2012
Vitamin C Buyers Win Class Cert. In Antitrust MDL
http://www.law360.com/articles/303599/print?section=newyork

Reuters, January 26, 2012
New York judge certifies class in Chinese Vitamin C suit
http://newsandinsight.thomsonreuters.com/New_York/News/2012/0...

Bloomberg, January 26, 2012
Chinese Vitamin C Makers Can Be Sued by Buyers as a Group, U.S. Judge Says
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/print/2012-01-26/chinese-vitami...

Bloomberg, September 6, 2011
Chinese Vitamin C Makers Must Face Antitrust Trial in U.S.
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-09-06/chinese-vitamin-c-ma...

American Lawyer [subscription], September 6, 2011
Judge Rules Vitamin Companies Can't Blame Chinese Government for Price-Fixing Cartel
http://www.law.com/jsp/tal/digestTAL.jsp?id=1202513587220&slr...

Reuters, September 6, 2011
Chinese vitamin C makers lose antitrust ruling
http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/09/06/us-drugs-us-china-i...

Reuters, March 11, 2011
U.S. courts confront China's involvement in price fixing
http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/03/11/us-china-vitaminc-i...

Chicago Tribune, March 11, 2011
U.S. courts confront China's involvement in price fixing
http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/yourmoney/sns-rt-busin...

Yahoo! News, March 11, 2011
U.S. courts confront China's involvement in price fixing
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20110311/bs_nm/us_china_vitaminc

Sun Sentinel, March 11, 2011
.U.S. courts confront China's involvement in price fixing
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20110311/bs_nm/us_china_vitaminc

Portfolio.com, March 11, 2011
.U.S. courts confront China's involvement in price fixing
http://www.portfolio.com/business-news/reuters/2011/03/11/us-...

CNBC, March 11, 2011
U.S. courts confront China's involvement in price fixing
http://www.cnbc.com/id/42030921

The Wall Street Journal, November 25, 2008
China Defends Price Fixing by Vitamin Makers
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122757356771754983.html?mod=g...

New York Law Journal, November 13, 2008
Antitrust Suit Proceeds Against Chinese Vitamin C Makers
http://www.law.com/jsp/article.jsp?id=1202425997056&slreturn=...

The Am Law Litigation Daily, November 13, 2008
Antitrust Case Against Chinese Manufacturers of Vitamin C Moves Forward
http://amlawdaily.typepad.com/amlawdaily/2008/11/the-am-law-l...

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Related Practices: Antitrust, Class Actions