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Mixed Verdict in Tuna-Dolphin Suit Against Star-Kist: A federal district court jury in Los Angeles has ruled that Star-Kist Foods Inc., a unit of H.J. Heinz Co., did not intentionally interfere with supply contracts with three Mexican fishing companies when it vowed in 1990 to buy only fish caught by dolphin-safe methods. But the jury found that Star-Kist did breach the contracts, awarding more than $100,000 in damages to Compania Mexicana de Tunidos and two other firms. They had asked for more than $4 million in damages, with the possibility of a far higher award in punitive damages had they proved intentional interference.

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