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February 13, 2020 | Reuters
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Canadian Court Orders Ag Firms to Hand Over Documents

Antitrust probe focuses on allegations some businesses tried to block online farm-supply startup

A Canadian federal court has ordered a group of major agriculture companies to hand over records and communications in an antitrust probe sparked by allegations some businesses tried to block online farm-supply startup Farmers Business Network Inc (FBN), reports Reuters.

In a series of court orders issued Tuesday, Federal Court Justice Denis Gascon said he was satisfied that Canada’s Competition Bureau was conducting an antitrust probe and that the named companies -- which include Bayer AG, Corteva Inc. and BASF - would have or were likely to have information relevant to the inquiry.

Farm supply wholesalers, including Cargill Inc., Univar Solutions Inc. and Federated Co-Operatives Ltd., have also been ordered to produce records.

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