Experience Details

Representation: Food Flavor Enhancement Investigation
Participating Attorneys: McNeil, Barry F., Breaux, Ronald W., Shipchandler, Jacqueline K.
Services: Antitrust and Competition, International Cartels, U.S. Criminal Investigations and Prosecutions, Private Antitrust Litigation, Antitrust
Description: Representation of worldwide food supplier in a criminal cartel investigation by the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice into antitrust violations and collusion in the food flavor enhancement industry (MSG and nucleotides). We also served as national counsel, representing the company against purported class action claims by direct and indirect purchasers in MDL proceedings and related state litigation. We successfully obtained dismissal of the claims filed by foreign purchasers, based on lack of subject matter jurisdiction under the Foreign Trade Antitrust Improvements Act ("FTAIA"). The dismissal was affirmed in In re Monosodium Glutamate Antitrust Litig., 477 F.3d 535 (8th Cir. 2007).