Tuna Direct Purchaser Case
In re: Packaged Seafood Products Antitrust Litigation
Case No. 3:15-md-02670

Welcome to the Tuna Direct Purchaser Case Website

If you purchased Packaged Tuna products directly from Bumble Bee, Chicken of the Sea, StarKist, or Thai Union Group between June 1, 2011 and July 31, 2015, you could be affected by a class action settlement.

 

NOTE: This website provides information for direct purchasers of Packaged Tuna Products. If you are an end purchaser who bought Canned or Pouched Tuna between June 1, 2011 and July 1, 2015, please visit www.TunaEndPurchaserSettlement.com.

What is this lawsuit about?

  • A group of small businesses, known as the Direct Purchaser Plaintiffs, sued on behalf of a proposed Class of similarly situated direct purchasers alleging that Defendants Chicken of the Sea and Thai Union, Bumble Bee Foods LLC, StarKist Co., Dongwon Industries Co. Ltd., and Lion Capital (Americas), Inc. conspired to fix, raise, and maintain the prices for Packaged Tuna and that, as a result, members of the Class paid more than they otherwise would have.
  • The Direct Purchaser Plaintiffs have reached a proposed Settlement with Chicken of the Sea and Thai Union only (“Settling Defendants”).
  • The Direct Purchaser Plaintiffs will continue their lawsuit against StarKist Co., Dongwon Industries Co. Ltd., and Lion Capital (Americas), Inc. (“non-settling Defendants”). Bumble Bee Foods LLC is in bankruptcy. A trial date has not yet been scheduled.
  • 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 or your company directly purchased Packaged Tuna Products (excluding tuna salad kits and cups and salvage purchases) within the United States, its territories and the District of Columbia from any Defendant at any time between June 1, 2011 and July 31, 2015. Packaged Tuna Products means shelf-stable tuna sold for human consumption and packaged in either cans or pouches. Excluded from the Settlement Class are all governmental entities; Defendants and any parent, subsidiary, or affiliate thereof; Defendants’ officers, directors, employees, and immediate families; and any federal judges or their staffs.

While the proposed Settlement is only with Chicken of the Sea and Thai Union, the Settlement Class includes persons (including businesses and companies) who purchased Packaged Tuna from any of the Defendants. If you are a Settlement Class Member and do not exclude yourself, you will be eligible to participate in any monetary distributions to qualified Settlement Class Members and you will be bound by the results of the proposed Settlement.

 

If you or your company have been identified as a Settlement Class Member, register for updates below.
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What does the proposed Settlement Provide?

If the proposed Settlement is approved, the Settling Defendants will pay a Settlement Amount calculated as 3.20% of the combined Chicken of the Sea and Thai Union sales of Packaged Tuna Products to Class Members between June 1, 2011 and July 31, 2015. When calculating the Settlement Amount, sales to individuals that opt out or exclude themselves from the Settlement Class will not be included. The Settling Defendants will also pay legal fees and costs in addition to and separate from the Settlement Amount.

Additionally, a portion of the Settlement Amount may be used by the Claims Administrator to administer notice and to administer the distribution of Settlement proceeds, as well as to pay Service Awards to the named Class Representatives for their work in the case. The Claims Administrator currently estimates its costs will be approximately $100,000.00. Class Counsel intend to ask the Court to approve Service Awards in the amount of $5,000.00 for each of the Class Representatives.

Proceeds from the Settlement to qualifying Settlement Class Members will be made in the future. Class Counsel intend to combine any distribution of the Settlement proceeds with proceeds from future settlements or other recoveries in the litigation with non-settling Defendants.

If you are a Settlement Class Member, your rights will be affected whether you act or not. Please read below to view your rights and options.

YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS AND OPTIONS

 

You May Explanation Deadline
SUBMIT A CLAIM FORM
  • Settlement Class Members who make a claim will be entitled to receive cash, with the actual amount received depending on the number of claims and the volume of commerce represented in those claims. Using the online portal here, Settlement Class Members will be able to check their claim volume, and in the event that their own data suggests that a different claimed volume of commerce is appropriate, they can provide that information, and it will be considered by the Claims Administrator, subject to audit.
Submitted or Postmarked by April 28, 2022
STAY IN THE SETTLEMENT CLASS, AND DO NOTHING
  • Give up your right to separately sue or continue to sue Settling Defendants for the claims in this case
  • Participate in any monetary distributions to qualified Settlement Class Members
  • Sign up for updates on this case website here (optional)
None
STAY IN THE SETTLEMENT CLASS, BUT OBJECT TO THE SETTLEMENT
  • Stay in the Settlement Class, but tell the Court what you do not like about the proposed Settlement―you will still be bound by the proposed Settlement unless you opt out of the Settlement Class
Postmarked by April 28, 2022
STAY IN THE SETTLEMENT CLASS, AND ATTEND THE HEARING
  • Ask to speak in Court about the proposed Settlement by providing Notice of Intention to Appear
  • If you want your own attorney to represent you, you must pay for that attorney
Postmarked by April 28, 2022
ASK TO BE EXCLUDED FROM THE SETTLEMENT CLASS ("OPT OUT")
  • Remove yourself from the Settlement Class and any of the benefits and releases pursuant to the Settlement
  • Keep your right to sue or continue to sue Settling Defendants for the claims in this case
Postmarked by April 28, 2022

For More Information

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Mail
Tuna Direct Purchaser Case
c/o JND Legal Administration
PO Box 91241
Seattle, WA 98111