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South Africa: Supreme Court ruling in bread price-fixing case defines class action guidelines

 |  November 30, 2012

The Bloemfontein Supreme Court of Appeal has given the go-ahead for a class action to proceed against various bread companies in an overturning of a previous ruling by the Western Cape High Court to refuse the class certificate. The class action has been brought against Pioneer Foods, Tiger Consumer Brands and Premier Foods; the Competition Tribunal found the companies guilty of price-fixing in 2007. The Supreme Court ruled in favor of the prosecutors in a ruling that defines the guidelines and requirements for a class action. According to court documents, the class is basing its case on the premise of the right to food. The Supreme Court has extended the case to umbrella the right of access to court, arguing that without a class action, individuals would not be able to afford the legal fees necessary to charge the bread companies.

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