Chocolate cases to be combined - Metro US

Chocolate cases to be combined

A U.S. federal judge and dozens of lawyers yesterday began the process of figuring out how to consolidate about 80 lawsuits that claim chocolate manufacturers conspired to artificially boost prices.

Investigations into price-fixing allegations have been launched by U.S., Canadian and European authorities. Canadian court documents unsealed in December alleged that senior executives held secret price-fixing meetings in coffee shops and restaurants and at conventions.

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