Vitamin C Antitrust Litigation Overview

This class action lawsuit claims that vitamin C manufacturers conspired to fix, raise, maintain, or stabilize prices of vitamin C and overcharged customers who purchased vitamin C. Vitamin C manufacturers deny they did anything wrong or illegal.

Judge Brian Cogan of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York is overseeing this class action. The lawsuit is known as the In re Vitamin C Antitrust Litigation, No. 1:06-MD-01738.

Northeast Pharmaceutical Group Company, Ltd. ("NEPG") is a Defendant in the Injunction Class and the Indirect Purchaser Damages Class, but is not a Defendant in the Direct Purchaser Damages Class.

Aland (Jiangsu) Nutraceutical Co., Ltd. ("Aland") has agreed to Settlements with all three Classes. The Court held a Fairness Hearing and approved the Aland Settlements on October 17, 2012.

NEPG has settled with the Indirect Purchaser Class and Injunction Class. Weisheng and CPG have settled with the Direct Purchaser Class and Injunction Class.

Weisheng and CSPC (formerly CPG) has settled with the Indirect Purchaser Class.

The Fairness Hearing for the Weisheng & CPG Direct Purchaser Settlement has passed. The Fairness hearing for the Weisheng & CSPC (formerly CPG) Indirect Purchaser Settlement is scheduled on May 16, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. in Courtroom 8D South at Cadman Plaza East, Brooklyn New York.

There are three Settlement Classes. You may be a member of one, two, or all three Classes. The Classes are defined below.

  • Direct Purchaser Class

    If you made a DIRECT purchase of

    • Vitamin C,
    • For delivery in the U.S.
    • Directly from a Defendant or another Chinese manufacturer of vitamin C (except Northeast Pharmaceutical)
    • Between December 1, 2001 and June 30, 2006
    • Without a contract, or with a contract that did not include an arbitration clause.

  • Indirect Purchaser Class

    If you made an INDIRECT purchase of

    • Capsules or tablets containing Vitamin C
    • For use or consumption and not for resale
    • Between December 1, 2001 and June 30, 2006
    • And you currently live in and your purchase was made in one of the following 20 states or the District of Columbia: Arizona, California, Florida, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, South Dakota, Tennessee, Vermont, West Virginia, or Wisconsin.

  • Injunction Class

    • Purchased vitamin C manufactured by a Defendant, or products from any company containing vitamin C manufactured by the Defendants
    • Directly from a Defendant or from any other company
    • For delivery in the U.S.
    • Between December 1, 2001 and now
    • Without a contract, or with a contract that did not include an arbitration clause.

The Chinese government advised the Court that they required the Defendants to engage in the conduct in question as part of its regulation of the Chinese economy. The Court has already determined, in a Memorandum Decision and Order dated September 6, 2011, that the Defendants were not required to fix prices by the Chinese government.

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