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No Antitrust Immunity for Mushroom Co-op in Winn-Dixie Suit

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By Lauren Berg (January 26, 2022, 7:31 PM EST) – A federal judge in Pennsylvania handed a victory to Winn-Dixie Stores on Wednesday, finding that even though a mushroom cooperative has changed its name, the group has none did enough to gain antitrust immunity in the supermarket company’s price-fixing lawsuit.

U.S. District Judge Berle M. Schiller granted Winn-Dixie’s motion for summary judgment on whether Eastern Mushroom Marketing Cooperative, now called American Mushroom Cooperative, can claim antitrust immunity under the Capper- Volstead, finding that EMMC failed to meet the requirements of the law, according to the 13-page order.

The Capper-Volstead Act grants agricultural cooperatives a limited exemption from antitrust laws if the cooperative and…

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