UPDATE: The Court granted final approval of the Settlement on September 8, 2022.
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.