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High Liner dispute over $100 million Kroger shrimp contract headed for settlement

A US district court ordered the trade secrets dispute to be settled through private mediation.

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Former employees of High Liner shrimp subsidiary Rubicon -- who have started a new company called Haven Foods -- have been ordered to privately settle allegations they stole trade secrets related to the US shrimp market and "poached" significant business from Rubicon’s key customer, Kroger, in order to create Haven Foods.

A US District Court in the Central District of California's Western Division on Nov. 5 ordered lawyers for both parties to enter private mediation over whether Haven Foods is responsible for damaging High Liner's Rubicon contract, which High Liner said is worth $107 million (€94.5 million).

In a September court filing, the groups said they would "agree upon a private neutral mediator and participate in a private mediation proceeding prior to January 31, 2020."

The parties need to complete the mediation proceedings by June of 2020, according to the court.

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