Salmon Direct Purchaser Settlement
In re: Farm-Raised Salmon and Salmon Products Antitrust Litigation
Case No. 19-21551-CIV-ALTONAGA

Welcome to the Salmon Direct Purchaser Case Website

If you purchased farm-raised Atlantic salmon or products derived therefrom directly from one or more Defendants from April 10, 2013 until May 26, 2022, you may be affected by a class action settlement.

What is this lawsuit about?

  • The Direct Purchaser Plaintiffs (Euclid Fish Company, Euro USA Inc., Schneider's Fish and Sea Food Corporation, and The Fishing Line LLC) sued on behalf of a proposed Class of similarly situated direct purchasers alleging that Defendants (Mowi ASA (formerly known as Marine Harvest ASA), Mowi USA, LLC (formerly known as Marine Harvest USA, LLC), Mowi Canada West, Inc. (formerly known as Marine Harvest Canada, Inc.), Mowi Ducktrap, LLC (an assumed name of Ducktrap River of Maine, LLC), Grieg Seafood, ASA, Grieg Seafood BC Ltd., Grieg Seafood North America Inc. (formerly known as Ocean Quality North America Inc.), Grieg Seafood USA, Inc. (formerly known as Ocean Quality USA Inc.), Grieg Seafood Premium Brands, Inc. (formerly known as Ocean Quality Premium Brands, Inc.), Sjór AS (formerly known as Ocean Quality AS), SalMar ASA, Lerøy Seafood AS, Lerøy Seafood USA, Inc., Cermaq Group, AS, Cermaq US LLC, Cermaq Canada Ltd., and Cermaq Norway AS (the "Defendants") conspired to fix, raise, and maintain the prices that direct purchasers paid for the Defendants’ farm-raised Atlantic salmon and that, as a result, members of the Class paid more than they otherwise would have.
  • The Direct Purchaser Plaintiffs and Defendants have reached a proposed Settlement to avoid the uncertainties, risks, and costs of further litigation.
  • For more information, please visit the FAQ page for answers to many common questions.

Am I a part of the Settlement Class?

You are a Settlement Class Member if you are a person or entity in the United States, their territories, and the District of Columbia and you or your company purchased farm-raised Atlantic salmon or products derived therefrom directly from one or more Defendants from April 10, 2013 until May 26, 2022. Excluded from the Settlement Class are the Court and its personnel and any Defendants and their parents, subsidiaries, or affiliated companies. 

What does the proposed Settlement provide?

The Defendants will pay a total Settlement Amount of $85,000,000.00 into a Settlement Fund. After deductions for attorneys' fees, litigation costs, and other expenses, the Fund will be distributed to Settlement Class Members who submit valid claims.

YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS AND OPTIONS

You May
Explanation

STAY IN THE SETTLEMENT CLASS, AND FILE A CLAIM

Deadline: September 23, 2022 - Passed

  • You should have completed and submitted a timely Claim Form to be eligible to receive a payment from the Settlement. The deadline to file a claim was September 23, 2022, and has passed. 

STAY IN THE SETTLEMENT CLASS, AND DO NOTHING

  • You will not get a share of the Settlement benefits
  • You gave up your right to separately sue or continue to sue Defendants for the claims in this case.

STAY IN THE SETTLEMENT CLASS, BUT OBJECT TO THE SETTLEMENT

Deadline: July 11, 2022 - Passed

  • You could have objected to the Settlement if you didn't like any part of it. 

STAY IN THE SETTLEMENT CLASS, AND ATTEND THE HEARING

Deadline: July 11, 2022 - Passed

  • The deadline to file a notice of intent to speak at the Fairness Hearing was July 11, 2022, and it has passed.
  • The Court held the Fairness Hearing on September 8, 2022 and approved the Settlement.

ASK TO BE EXCLUDED FROM THE SETTLEMENT CLASS
(“OPT OUT”)

Deadline: July 11, 2022 - Passed

  • If you excluded yourself from the Settlement Class, you will receive no benefits but you will retain any rights you currently have to sue the Defendants about the claims in this case.

For More Information

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Mail
Salmon Direct Purchaser Settlement
c/o JND Legal Administration
P.O. Box 91447
Seattle, WA 98111