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StarKist settles with Kroger, Target, Sam's Club in price-fixing case

Company said it has resolved a "substantial number" of plaintiff disputes.

US tuna canner StarKist announced Friday it has settled with Kroger and 32 other retailers in the antitrust lawsuit against the country's big three tuna producers--Dongwon-owned StarKist, Thai-Union's Chicken of the Sea, and Bumble Bee--for conspiracy to fix prices of shelf-stable packaged tuna products.

"StarKist is pleased to resolve this matter with our valued customers. This settlement, together with prior ones, resolves a substantial number of the company disputes with the direct action plaintiffs," said Scott Meece, StarKist's general counsel and senior vice president.

In January, the company settled a lawsuit with Walmart for $20.5 million (€18.1 million), and said it has resolved lawsuits with Target and Sam's Club as well.

"StarKist is committed to being a socially responsible company and we are pleased to resolve this lawsuit with our customers under fair and reasonable terms," said Andrew Choe, president and CEO of Starkist. "We will continue to conduct our business with the utmost transparency and integrity, and we hope to resolve the remaining lawsuits with our other customers under similarly fair and mutually beneficial terms."

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