SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – A federal judge in San Francisco has ordered StarKist Co. to pay a $100 million fine in a canned tuna price-fixing conspiracy involving three companies.
The Pittsburgh-based company had asked U.S. District Court Judge Edward Chen to reduce the fine to $50 million, arguing a $100 million penalty could bankrupt it because it still faces millions more in potential civil damages.READ MORE: Tail Of Hope: Rehab Center Assists Dog That Was Paralyzed By BB Gun In Sacramento Backyard
Chen on Wednesday said the court found the company has the assets and the ability to borrow money to pay the fine.READ MORE: Sacramento Homeowner Fatally Shoots Attempted Burglary Suspect
Chen ordered the company to pay $5 million within 30 days and $11 million next year. Starting in 2021, the company will have to make payments of $21 million each year for four years.
StarKist last year pleaded guilty to a felony price-fixing charge as part of a broad collusion investigation.MORE NEWS: Walkout 2021: Teachers, Students Walkout Of School In Protest Of Vaccine Mandates
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