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Port of New Orleans joins class-action lawsuit

NEW ORLEANS — The Port of New Orleans has entered a class-action lawsuit claiming that a group of distributors of marine products engaged in price-fixing and bid-rigging conspiracies.

New Orleans CityBusiness says the Port of Galveston, Texas, and Houston-based OSG Lightering, an energy transportation firm, are co-plaintiffs in the suit. The federal suit was filed March 30 in Los Angeles.

The suit alleges that dozens of defendants who conspired to “fix prices, bid rig and allocate the market” for foam-filled fenders and buoys, marine pilings and marine fenders.

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