No. CIV.A.01-2394-CM.

253 F.Supp.2d 1147 (2003)

FOUR B CORP., et al., Plaintiffs, v. DAICEL CHEMICAL INDUSTRIES, LTD., et al., Defendants.

United States District Court, D. Kansas.

February 26, 2003.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Amy E. Bauman, Jan P. Helder, Jr., Patrick J. Stueve, Stueve Helder Siegel LLP, Kansas City, MO, Peggy A. Wilson, Peggy A. Wilson LLC, Kansas City, MO, Todd E. Hilton, Stueve Helder Siegel LLP, Kansas City, MO, for Plaintiffs.

Aton Arbisser, Los Angeles, CA, David E. Everson, Jr., Stinson Morrison Hecker LLP, Kansas City, MO, Victoria L. Smith, Stinson Morrison Hecker, LLP, Kansas City, MO, for CNA Holdings, Daicel (U.S.A.), Inc., Hoechst Celanese Corp, Nutrinova, Inc., defendants.

Sarah Yehle Fulkerson, Horn, Aylward & Bandy LLC, Kansas City, MO, Robert A. Horn, for Eastman Chemical Co., defendant.

James J. Garrett, Morrison & Foerster LLP, Walnut Creek, CA, for Nippon Synthetic Chemical Industry Co., Ltd., defendant. John J. Miller, Kansas City, MO, for Kanematsu USA, Inc., Mitsui & Co. (USA), Inc., Chisso America, Inc., UENO Fine Chemicals Industry (U.S.A.), Inc., Chisso Corp., UENO Fine Chemicals Industry, Ltd. defendant.

Herbert S. Washer, New York, NY, for Daicel Chemical Industries, Ltd., defendant.


MURGUIA, District Judge.

This purported class action arises out of an alleged international conspiracy to fix the prices of sorbates, including potassium sorbate and sorbic acid, which are chemical preservatives used in food products. Plaintiffs are "indirect purchasers" of sorbates, who allegedly purchased products containing sorbates that were manufactured and sold by defendants. Plaintiffs allege that defendants engaged in the manufacture...

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