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Firm News

May 23, 2016 ǀ Firm files Consolidated Amended Complaint on behalf of direct purchaser grocery wholesalers and retailers against Chicken of the Sea, Bumble Bee Foods, Starkist Company, and Del Monte Foods Company for artificially raising and fixing the prices of packaged seafood products (tuna, clams, crab, mackerel, oysters, salmon, sardines, shrimp and kipper snacks) sold in cans, pouches, and cups throughout the United States since at least 2003.

April 17, 2016 ǀ Richard Coffman Named Chairman-Elect of the ASOR Board of Trustees - The American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR) elected Richard Coffman Chairman-Elect of the Board of Trustees; he will assume the Chairman position on July 1, 2016. ASOR is a non-profit organization whose mission is to initiate, encourage, and support research into, and public understanding of, the history and cultures of the Near East and wider Mediterranean world, from the earliest times. ASOR was founded in 1900 by twenty-one institutions—including Harvard, Princeton, Yale, and Columbia. Over a century later, ASOR has more than 90 consortium institutions, including universities, seminaries, museums, foundations, and libraries, and over 1,550 individual members. For more information about ASOR, visit www.asor.org.

March 23, 2016 ǀ Kansas City Federal Court Appoints Settlement Special Master - Following up on its February 25 Coordinated Order, the Kansas City Federal Court took the lead and appointed Ellen K. Reisman, a name partner at Reisman Karron Greene, LLP, a Washington, D.C. law firm she co-founded, to serve as “a special master to assist the Court in efficiently coordinating settlement discussions.” Ms. Reisman is charged with “ordering the parties to meet face-to-face and engage in serious and meaningful negotiations,” construct an efficient procedure to do so, and make recommendations to the Court. The Court further suggested that the order be entered by each of the other state and federal courts where cases against Syngenta are filed. Most important, the Court ordered Ms. Reisman to proceed with all reasonable diligence in fulfilling her assigned duties. We expect she will. The settlement train is picking up steam. Now is the time to file your case.

March 2, 2016 | Firm files class action on behalf of municipalities, water districts, and other government agencies and private companies against California Water Technologies, LLC, PVS Chemicals, Inc., PVS Technologies, Inc., Kemira Chemicals, Inc., and Hawkins, Inc. for artificially raising, fixing, stabilizing, and maintaining the prices of, and allocating customers in the market for, ferric chloride sold in the United States since at least 2006.

February 25, 2016 ǀ Courts Issue Coordinated Order Regarding Appointment of a Settlement Special Master - The judges of the Kansas, Illinois, and Minnesota courts presiding over the Syngenta MIR 162 GMO corn seed litigation have conferred and jointly determined that it would be beneficial to appoint a single Special Master “to vigorously and systematically explore settlement of all the cases in all of the courts in which they are pending.” On behalf of all of the judges, the federal judge in Kanas City issued a coordinated order requiring counsel for both sides to meet and confer in an effort to reach an agreement on who should be appointed as the Special Master. If an agreement cannot be reached, each side may make up to three nominations by March 11, and the courts will decide on the appointment. Settlement winds are beginning to blow a bit harder. Now—more than ever—is the time to file your claim.