It seemed as though the fighting was over when seven of the world’s largest drug companies agreed on Nov. 3 to pay $1.17 billion to settle a class action stemming from a global plot to fix the price of bulk vitamins mixed into everything from breakfast cereal to animal feed. But among plaintiffs’ lawyers involved in the case, the infighting has actually just begun.
Among class actions, this one is unusual because all the class members are companies, many of them large corporations with brand names like Tyson Foods Inc. and Kellogg Co. About 100 companies may opt out of the settlement to pursue individual suits for more in damages.
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