A jury in Alaska has returned a verdict of "not guilty" in the case of seafood companies accused by fishermen of conspiring to keep prices low. Back in 1996, 4,500 fishermen filed a class action lawsuit seeking some US$1bn from a number of seafood processors and importers. The fishermen argued that the processors and packers had conspired to depress the prices they paid them, leading to a sharp drop in the price of salmon.