Chicken Producers Antitrust Class Action Lawsuit

How many chickens crossed the road?  This lawsuit alleges not nearly as many as should have! It alleges that for at least four years the largest chicken producers took unprecedented steps to jointly manage the output of “broilers” and therefore violated federal and state antitrust laws.

The defendants in this matter collectively control 90% of the chicken production market in the United States.  The plaintiffs allege, that in order to maintain price stability and increase profitability, Defendants conspired and combined to fix, raise, maintain, and stabilize the price of Broilers – which is an industry term for chickens raised for their meat.

The lawsuit alleges that the Defendants exchanged detailed, competitively sensitive, and closely-guarded non-public information about prices, capacity, sales volume, and demand, including through third party co-conspirator Agri Stats.  The complaint chronicles in great detail how the defendants increased prices at roughly the same time and after attending the same conferences.  How the industry shared production and pricing data amongst themselves.  How the industry created barriers to quickly ramp up production.  All these facts collectively gave rise to this litigation.

There are really two classes of harmed plaintiffs.  First are the direct purchasers of broilers.  Generally, these are grocery stores that contract directly with the Defendants. Second are indirect purchasers.  Thats you and me that buy chicken from the grocery store.

Article Type: Lawsuit
Topic: Antitrust

Most Recent Case Event

Lawsuit alleges chicken producers violated antitrust laws

October 14, 2016

Here is the complaint.  It goes into some detail chronicling the events and facts that lead to the allegations that the major broiler producers violated antirust laws.

chicken_antitrust_complaint.pdf

Case Event History

Lawsuit alleges chicken producers violated antitrust laws

October 14, 2016

Here is the complaint.  It goes into some detail chronicling the events and facts that lead to the allegations that the major broiler producers violated antirust laws.

chicken_antitrust_complaint.pdf
Tags: Collusion & Price Fixing