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Ex-Bumble Bee CEO Gets Prison Term, a Rarity in Antitrust

  • Chris Lischewski was convicted by a U.S. jury in December
  • Meat industry is facing aggressive federal antitrust crackdown
Bumble Bee tuna

Bumble Bee tuna

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Former Bumble Bee Foods LLC chief executive officer Chris Lischewski was sentenced to more than three years in prison for his role in a price-fixing racket, a rare outcome in a U.S. antitrust crackdown.

In December, Lischewski was found guilty by a San Francisco federal jury of conspiring with colleagues and other industry executives to manipulate canned tuna prices, capping a marathon U.S. investigation that shook the packaged seafood industry and ultimately forced Bumble Bee into bankruptcy.