Mountaire Poultry Processing Contamination 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:

Mountaire Farms of Delaware, Inc. is settling the second of two class actions against it. In this case, the complaint alleged that Mountaire’s poultry processing facility in Millsboro, Delaware disposed of contaminated wastewater and liquified sludge near homes and property in a way that resulted in the contamination of groundwater with nitrates and other substances. It also claims that wastewater treatment, spray irrigation, and sludge disposal emit air pollutants, including malodorous hydrogen sulfide and ammonia.

Also, in another case brought by the State of Delaware against Mountaire, the company has agreed to a First Amended Consent Decree, requiring it to do certain things to prevent any more harm to the groundwater, reduce air emissions, and to give residents a way to report and receive follow-ups on air quality complaints. This is now before a federal court for approval.

Docket Number:

S18C-06-009 CAK

Company: Mountaire Farms of Delaware, Inc.

Filing Deadline: March 22, 2021

Class Period: May 1, 2000

Objection Deadline: February 22, 2021

Exclusion Deadline: February 22, 2021

Final Approval Hearing: April 12, 2021

Proof of Purchase:

The Registration Form does not ask for documentation at this time.


You may be eligible if, on or after May 1, 2000, you owned, leased, lived on, or worked on a full-time basis at (1) a property located entirely or in part within the Groundwater Area and not the Air Area, (2) a property located entirely or in part within the Air Area but not the Groundwater Area, or (3) a property located entirely or in part within both the Groundwater and Air Areas. For boundaries, see the Class Area Map at https://www.mountairesettlement.com/classareamap.html.

Typical Settlement Amount:

Those who file valid Registration Forms will be considered for possible compensation by an impartial third party adjudicator. Final amounts will be depend on the number of valid claims submitted as well as on the severity of each person’s injuries and damages.

Total Settlement Amount: $65,000,000

Class Representative Proposed Incentive Fee:


Law Firms:
Baird Mandalas Brockstedt, LLC
Schochor, Federico and Staton, PA

Claim Form: Mountaire Settlement Registration Form

Case Name: Cuppels v. Mountaire

Settlement Website: Mountaire Settlement Website

Claims Administrator:
RG/2 Claims Administration

Claims Administrator Contact Information:

Cuppels v. Mountaire Corporation Class Action Settlement Administrator
c/o RG/2 Claims Administration LLC
P.O. Box 59479
Philadelphia, PA 19102-9479
(844) 951-2344

Tags: Contaminated Water/Groundwater, Environmental Contamination, Environmental Pollution, Polluted or Toxic Air