BASF in Defence of Vitamin Price-Fixing Class Action

BASF is defending a series of multi-billion dollar class actions brought by vitamin purchasers alleging an international price-fixing conspiracy. The case involves 9 class actions in 3 Canadian provinces (6 in Ontario, 2 in Quebec and 1 in British Columbia) on behalf of a variety of proposed classes of direct and indirect purchasers, making this one of the most procedurally complex collections of class action litigation in Canada to date.

David Kent, Neil Campbell and Robert Wisner of McMillan Binch, Sandra Forbes of Davies, Ward & Beck, and William Vanveen and Francois Baril of Gowling Strathy & Henderson are counsel for the three main defendants, namely BASF, Rhone-Poulenc Canada Inc. and Hoffman-Laroche, respectively. Harvey T. Strosberg of Strosberg, Sutts and C. Scott Ritchie and Charles M. Wright of Siskind, Cromarty, Ivey & Dowler LLP are co-lead plaintiffs’ counsel.