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Broiler Chickens Consumer Antitrust Litigation Settlement

Settlement Structure: Claims Made

Active: Open

Case Summary:

Additional defendants have agreed to settle their portions of a very large antitrust case against chicken processors in the US. The complaint, brought by end users of chicken products, claims that the processors conspired to fix the price and supply of chicken between January 1, 2009 through July 31, 2019 (for Pilgrim’s, between January 1, 2019 and December 31, 2020).

The settling defendants currently include Fieldale, George’s, Mar-Jac, Peco, Pilgrim’s, and Tyson.

The case is still proceeding against a group of non-settling defendants, including Agri Stats, Inc.; Claxton Poultry Farms, Inc.; Foster Farms, LLC, and Foster Poultry Farms; Harrison Poultry, Inc. and House of Raeford Farms, Inc.; JCG Foods of Alabama, LLC, JCG Foods of Georgia, LLC, Koch Foods, Inc., and Koch Meats Co., Inc.; Mountaire Farms, Inc., Mountaire Farms, LLC, and Mountaire Farms of Delaware, Inc.; O.K. Foods, Inc., O.K. Farms, Inc., and O.K. Industries, Inc.; Perdue Farms, Inc. and Perdue Foods LLC; Sanderson Farms, Inc., Sanderson Farms, Inc. (Foods Division), Sanderson Farms, Inc. (Processing Division), and Sanderson Farms, Inc. (Production Division); Wayne Farms, LLC; and Simmons Foods, Inc. and Simmons Prepared Foods, Inc.

Docket Number:

1:16-cv-08637

Company: Tyson Foods Inc.

Filing Deadline: December 31, 2022

Class Period: January 1, 2009 to December 31, 2020

Objection Deadline: November 10, 2021

Exclusion Deadline: November 10, 2021

Final Approval Hearing: December 20, 2021

Proof of Purchase:

The claim form says, “You do not need to provide any documentation at this time. However, the Claims Administrator may ask for additional information or documentation to support your claim.”

Eligibility:

You may be eligible if you are a person or entity who indirectly bought fresh or frozen raw chicken (that is, whole chickens, whole cut-up chickens within a package, or “white meat” parts including breasts and wings (or cuts containing a combination of these), but not including chicken that is halal, kosher, free range, or organic, from the defendants in this case, for personal consumption, in California, District of Columbia, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Rhode Island (after July 15, 2013), South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, and Wisconsin.

The class period is from January 1, 2009 to July 31, 2019, with two exceptions:
- For chicken bought in Rhode Island, the class period is July 15, 2013 to July 31, 2019.
- For Pilgrim’s chicken, the class period is January 1, 2009 to December 31, 2020.

Typical Settlement Amount:

To be determined. Funds will not be distributed until all settlements have received final approval and any appeals have been resolved. The case is still ongoing against other defendants.

Total Settlement Amount: $181,000,000 at this time

Class Representative Proposed Incentive Fee:

Up to $2,000

Law Firms:
Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll
Hagens Berman

Claim Form: Broiler Chickens Antitrust Litigation Settlement Claim Form

Case Name: In re: Broiler Chicken Antitrust Litigation (End-User Consumer Action), Case No. 1:16-cv-08637

Settlement Website: Broiler Chickens Antitrust Litigation Settlement Website

Claims Administrator:
AB Data, Ltd.

Claims Administrator Contact Information:

Broiler Chicken Consumer Litigation
c/o A.B. Data, Ltd.
P.O. Box 173045
Milwaukee, WI 53217
info@overchargedforchicken.com
877-888-5428

Tags: Antitrust, Collusion and Price Fixing