US judge speeds up price fix­ing law­suit

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US lawyers are try­ing to speed up the pace of the salmon price fix­ing law­suit against sev­eral Nor­we­gian owned com­pa­nies, In­trafish re­ported.

Con­sol­i­dated law­suits by US com­pa­nies su­ing the Nor­we­gian firms could be sub­ject to con­di­tions of the Hague Con­ven­tion.

This would re­port­edly re­quire the de­fen­dants to trans­late doc­u­ments into Nor­we­gian, and they would also have to be served no­tice in per­son, a process which could re­port­edly de­lay pro­ceed­ings by up to a year.

But the Florida judge in charge of the law­suits, Ce­cilia Al­ton­aga,has ruled that the Nor­we­gian salmon firms would re­ceive sum­monses in a timely fash­ion by email and via the pub­lic web­site be­cause each is a ‘ma­jor in­ter­na­tional busi­ness that con­ducts sub­stan­tial busi­ness by email and main­tains well-kept web pages in the English lan­guage’.

She also noted the com­pa­nies have US sub­sidiaries that they main­tain ‘suf­fi­ciently close’ re­la­tion­ships with.

The list of de­fen­dants in­cludes: Mowi ASA; Marine Har­vest USA; Marine Har­vest Canada, Inc.; Duck­trap River of Maine LLC; Grieg Seafood ASA; Grieg Seafood BC Ltd; Bremnes Seashore AS; Ocean Qual­ity AS; Ocean Qual­ity North Amer­ica Inc., Ocean Qual­ity USA Inc; Ocean Qual­ity Pre­mium Brands, Inc; SalMar ASA; Leroy Seafood Group ASA; Leroy Seafood USA Inc.; and Scot­tish Sea Farms Ltd.

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