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in a conspiracy lawsuit against four producers and traders of animal-feed additives, a class of companies that claimed that they paid too much for the additive choline chloride were awarded more than $49 million by a federal jury on June 13. Lead plaintiff Animal Science Products Inc. of Nacogdoches, Texas, sued the additive manufacturer, DuCoa L.P.; DuCoa’s general partner, DCV Inc.; the trading company, Mitsui & Co.; and Mitsui’s American subsidiary, Mitsui & Co. The plaintiffs claimed that the defendants engaged in a worldwide conspiracy to deter competition by regulating supply and fixing prices. The defendants denied the allegations. Animal Science Products v. DCV Inc., No. 99-197 (D.D.C.). PLAINTIFFS’ ATTORNEYS: Michael Hausfeld, Cohen, Milstein, Hausfeld & Toll, Washington; William Isaacson, Boies, Schiller & Flexner, Washington; James Southwick, Susman Godfrey, Houston DEFENSE ATTORNEYS: Sutton Keany, Pillsbury Winthrop, New York; Kurt Odenwald, Guilfoil Petzall & Shoemake, St. Louis

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