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.