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 |  March 2, 2014

Allegations against chocolate giant Hershey’s, along with Mars and Nestle, were dismissed Wednesday after a federal judge ruled there was no definitive proof of the accused price-fixing, say reports.

US Middle District Chief Judge Christopher C. Conner dismissed an eight-year-long pursuit of legal action against the three candy giants after 91 lawsuits had been filed accusing the firms of colluding to fix product prices. Plaintiffs in those lawsuits include consumers, drug stores, grocers and other businesses.

The suits were consolidated for action.

Judge Conner dismissed the case even after a similar lawsuit in Canada found the three companies guilty of a price-fixing conspiracy.

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