NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Seventy-five organizations will receive a portion of $5 million awarded to Tennessee by a national antitrust settlement involving price-fixing by vitamin manufacturers, the state attorney general announced Monday.
The case involved six vitamin manufacturers that engaged in a 10-year global price-fixing scheme - resulting in consumers paying "more money for everything from vitamin tablets to products such as cereal, meat and baby food enriched with vitamins," Attorney General Paul Summers' office said.
The drug companies - including Roche Holding AG of Switzerland, BASF AG of Germany, Rhone-Poulenc SA of France and Aventis of Switzerland - paid out $1.2 billion in 1999 to settle the claims of U.S. purchasers who paid inflated prices for vitamins.
Bredesen says that at first glance he has no problem with wording that prohibits state funding for abortions except in cases of rape, incest or danger to the life of the woman.
But he promised a "very hard look" at legislation creating the car tags that would direct some proceeds to Tennessee New Life Resources. The Nashville nonprofit organization created in 1995 to assist women with unwanted pregnancies shares both a director and a building with the anti-abortion political group Tennessee Right to Life.
Constitutional concerns are being raised about the legislation, and some Tennesseans don't want either side of the abortion debate to get what looks like an official state sanction.