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Stueve, the grocer lawyer in Kansas City

A field of flowering Ranger russet potato plants is pictured near Wilder, Idaho on Wednesday. wholesale grocery cooperative has sued the United Potato Growers of America, alleging the group’s members in 15 states are illegally fixing prices and driving up costs. wholesale grocer says America potato farmers have run an illegal price fixing cartel for a decade, driving up spud prices while spying on farmers with satellites and aircraft fly overs to enforce strict limits on how many tubers they can grow. District Court in Idaho, America top potato producing state at 30 percent of the nation supply.

The grocery group, a cooperative which supplies more than 2,000 stores including IGA, Thriftway and Price Chopper in 24 states, contends that canada goose clearance the potato growers banded together in 2004 to illegally inflate prices in a scheme akin to the petroleum producing OPEC cartel, reducing planting acreages and destroying potatoes, all to restrict what was available for sale.

utilized predatory conduct and coercive conduct in ensuring compliance with the price fixing scheme, according to the lawsuit, which charges tactics including use of imagery, fly overs, GPS systems, and other methods to enforce its agreement to reduce potato supply. canada goose outlet store uk grocers are asking for triple damages, likely in the millions, and are focusing on growers of fresh potato varieties found in big bags in supermarket produce aisles, as well as potatoes that canada goose clearance sale are processed into golden fries, tater tots and other products and sold in freezer sections of the group stores.

United Potato Growers of America has canada goose coats organized growers in 15 states has members in Alaska, California, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Kansas, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Washington canada goose cheap canada goose uk outlet and Wisconsin, representing three quarters of the nation fresh potato production.

Dell Raybould, an owner of Raybould Farms and a Republican state representative, is a member of the co op and has also been named in the lawsuit. He insisted on Thursday that those who set up the group in 2004 followed federal anti trust laws.

Raybould, who grows Russet Burbanks and Norkotah Russets on 850 acres near Rexburg in Idaho far east, paints a bleak picture of spud farming prior to 2004: A haphazard industry where farmers inevitably grew too many tubers, pushing prices into the cellar.

can remember when people hauled their potatoes out in the field with the manure spreader, dumped them and plowed them under, said Raybould, who has been growing potatoes since 1953. did try to level out production, so we didn have the canada goose black friday sale boom and bust thing all the time. And when they did the co op, they went about this the right way. They got the best co op attorney in the nation, and they did it right. Potato Growers of America Salt Lake City based attorney, Randon Wilson, contends that his group is shielded by the Capper canada goose outlet canada Volstead canada goose jacket outlet Act, the 1922 federal law that under some circumstances exempts agricultural cooperatives from antitrust regulations.

from the beginning, we did everything right, to qualify for Capper Volstead, Wilson said. know what you have to do to qualify for canada goose uk shop that limited canada goose outlet shop exemption and we followed all those rules. Associated Wholesale Grocers says the growers illegally sought to boost costs of America most popular vegetable.

At secret meetings in Idaho Falls, according to the complaint, big Idaho potato growers like Albert Wada and members of the Raybould family, as well as North Dakota ag multimillionaire Ronald Offutt, worked with Wilson to hatch a far uk canada goose outlet reaching price fixing scheme, creating a powerful agricultural juggernaut capable of squeezing customers like buy canada goose jacket grocery stores.

of the defendants is entitled to the limited protections found in the official canada goose outlet Capper Volstead Act for their efforts to restrict potato supply and fix prices, wrote Patrick J. Stueve, the grocer lawyer in Kansas City. didn return phone calls, but his basic contention that Capper Volstead is being abused to illegally inflate canada goose factory outlet potato prices has emerged in numerous, commodity related lawsuits in the last decade, said Peter Carstensen, a University of Wisconsin Law School professor in canada goose outlet new york city Madison who focuses on antitrust cases.

because there an increasing perception that Capper Volstead is being abused, he said.

For instance, a similar lawsuit filed in 2010 targeting potato growers is now advancing through federal court in Idaho, a case that may eventually be combined with this one. Department of Justice have lodged antitrust complaints against mushroom growers, dairy farmers, egg producers and cranberries. Carstensen said a common gulf separates rival protagonists. Department of Agriculture to scrutinize competition in the farming business.

Felon caught with guns in Mandalay Bay room 3 years before Las Vegas shooting

A felon was caught with guns in a Mandalay Bay hotel room three years before the October 1st mass shooting.

Six weapons were found inside Kye Aaron Dunbar’s 24th floor room in November 2014. Four were semi automatic. One was a scoped rifle pointing toward the Strip, according to court documents.

Dunbar was sentenced to 40 months in federal prison for unlawful canada goose outlet in usa possession.

The case just came to light in a lawsuit cheap canada goose accusing Mandalay Bay of negligence in connection with the Oct. 1st shooting.

Pedestrian killed in Henderson

A pedestrian trying to canada goose outlet sale cross St. Rose Parkway at Bermuda was hit by a vehicle on Tuesday night and later died. Las Vegas Canada Goose online police responded initially, but handed over the investigation to Henderson police once it was determined the accident happened in their jurisdiction. Las Vegas police did respond to a report of a pedestrian being hit by a vehicle on the Strip. The person, who was hit by a BMW near Fashion Show mall, suffered serious but not life threatening injuries.

Traffic stop turns into officer involved shooting

Las Vegas police are investigating after an officer fired a shot at a suspect fleeing a traffic stop early Friday morning.

The officer tried to pull over a black Dodge Durango with license plates that belonged to a different vehicle. The driver took off northbound on Lamb Boulevard and at one point crossed into the southbound lanes.

A man got out of the car and fled on foot. During the chase, the officer saw something in the man’s hand and fired a single shot, police said.

The man wasn’t injured and was later taken into cheap canada goose custody. Police could not confirm if the man had a weapon when he was arrested.

This is the 9th officer involved shooting of 2018. Per police policy, the identity of the officer will be released after 48 hours.