Eggs and Egg Products Antitrust Settlement

Settlement Structure: Claims Made

Active: Closed

Closed Settlement Statement:

According to court documents, the claim submission deadline has passed. Please contact the claims administrator if you have any questions.

Case Summary:

This combined class action alleges that the many defendants illegally conspired to reduce the supply of eggs in the US domestic market, by means such as agreements to limit or dispose of hen flocks, a pretextual animal welfare program designed to reduce the egg supply, agreements to export eggs to remove them from the domestic market, and unlawful coercion to make sure others complied. The effect of the measures, the complaint says, was to raise prices, making buyers pay more for shell eggs and egg products than they would otherwise have paid, thus violating antitrust laws.

The most recent settlement involves defendant Michael Farms, Inc. Some defendants have previously settled, while others still have not.

Shell eggs are whole eggs in their shells (not include specialty eggs, such as organic or cage-free eggs); egg products are whole eggs or any part of them that have been removed from their shells for further processing into a dried, frozen, or liquid form.

Defendants include:

  • Sparboe Farms, Inc.
  • Moark, LLC
  • Norco Ranch, Inc.
  • Land O’Lakes, Inc.
  • Cal-Maine Foods, Inc.
  • Daybreak Foods, Inc.
  • Rose Acre Farms, Inc.
  • Ohio Fresh Eggs, LLC
  • R.W. Sauder, Inc.
  • NFC, Midwest
  • UEP/USEM
  • Nucal
  • Hillandale
  • MFI

and their affiliates, subsidiaries, parents and co-conspirators

Docket Number:

08-md-02002

Company: Michael Farms Inc.

Filing Deadline: October 9, 2017

Class Period: January 1, 2000 to December 19, 2014

Objection Deadline: October 9, 2017

Exclusion Deadline: October 9, 2017

Final Approval Hearing: November 6, 2017

Proof of Purchase:

Yes, purchase records

Eligibility:

You may be eligible if you purchased Shell Eggs or Egg Products produced in the United States directly from any Producer from January 1, 2000 through December 19, 2014. Note that you must have bought the eggs directly from the egg producers and not from a retail store.

You may be eligible under the Michael Foods settlement if you are a person or entity in the US that purchased shell eggs directly from Michael Foods the Defendants from September 24, 2004 through December 31, 2008. Settlements with other defendants have different class periods.

You may be eligible to make a claim here in the NFC, Midwest, UEP/USEM, NuCal, and Hillandale settlements if you did not previously exclude yourself, and if you purchased shell eggs or egg products in the US directly from these producers between these dates:

  • Midwest, NRC, UEP/USEM, from January 1, 2000 through July 30, 2014;
  • NuCal, January 1, 2000 through October 3, 2014; or
  • Hillandale, from January 1, 2000 through December 19, 2014. 
Typical Settlement Amount:

Varies; distributed on a pro rata basis based on dollar amount of purchases of shell eggs (and egg products, in some cases).

Total Settlement Amount: $75 million from the MFI settlement; smaller amounts from other settlements.

Class Representative Proposed Incentive Fee:

$25,000

Law Firms:
Hausfeld LLP
Lite Deplama Greenberg
Susman Godfrey LLP

Claim Form: In re Processed Egg Products Antitrust Litigation Claim Form

Case Name: In re Processed Egg Products Antitrust Litigation

Settlement Website: In re Processed Egg Products Antitrust Litigation Website

Claims Administrator:
Garden City Group, LLC

Claims Administrator Contact Information:

In re Processed Egg Products Antitrust Litigation

c/o GCG, Claims Administrator
P.O. Box 9476
Dublin, OH 43017-4576 

Tags: Antitrust, Collusion and Price Fixing