In re Fresh and Process Potatoes Antitrust Litigation
United States District Court for the District of Idaho
Case No. 4:10-cv-00307-BLW
Keller Rohrback was involved in litigating this successful antitrust action. The claim, filed under Section 1 of the Sherman Act, 15 U.S.C. § 1, concerned allegations of a conspiracy to raise prices for potatoes. As a result of this activity, the plaintiffs paid artificially higher prices for potatoes than absent the conspiracy, sums they sought to recover through this lawsuit.
In December of 2015 the Court approved a settlement with all defendants. Under the terms of that settlement defendants paid the class $19.5 million and adopted practices which are estimated to be of value to the class in excess of $1.5 billion.
All persons and entities who, between June 18, 2006 and December 14, 2015, directly purchased Fresh Potatoes grown in the United States, other than Specialty Potatoes, from: (1) any Defendant or any parent, subsidiary or affiliate thereof; (2) any member of the cooperative members of United Potato Growers of America, or any parent, subsidiary or affiliate thereof; and any member of the United Potato Growers of Idaho, Inc., or any parent, subsidiary, or affiliate thereof; and (3) any entity that packed or marketed fresh potatoes grown by any Defendant, by any member of United Potato Growers of Idaho, Inc., or by any member of the cooperative members of United Potato Growers of America.