Chocolate makers sued for price-fixing

January 4, 2008 6:16:15 PM PST
The Hershey Company and other candymakers have been sued in New Jersey and Pennsylvania by suppliers and consumers who say they have been harmed by an alleged price-fixing scheme. The three lawsuits were filed in federal courts last month -- two in Harrisburg and one in Newark, New Jersey. The complaints cite recent news reports that authorities in Canada and the U.S. are looking into chocolate industry pricing practices.

James McCarthy, an attorney for one of the plaintiffs, says the filing of such complaints is not unusual, even though no charges have been filed.

The lawsuits name Hershey and Mars the leading chocolate U.S. companies. Company officials aren't commenting.