Sockeye trial goes to jury May 27


Posted: Friday, May 02, 2003

ANCHORAGE - Jury deliberations in the Bristol Bay price-fixing lawsuit will begin May 27, Superior Court Judge Peter A. Michalski decided Thursday. Michalski wrote that in a written order to attorneys as the trial neared the end of its 11th week.

Originally, the jury was scheduled to get the case about May 6. But the timetable has slipped despite the judge's warnings to the lawyers about overstepping the initial time limits.

The lawsuit accuses processors and importers of conspiring to reduce the prices paid to salmon fishermen. The class-action suit was filed in 1995 on behalf of 4,500 permit holders.

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