Chicken Class Action Settlement for $181 Million
If you have purchased any chicken products in the last 11 years, you could be eligible to get a payout from some of the biggest producers. They have agreed to pay a total of 181 million to affected customers. This class action alleges defendants and their co-conspirators conspired and combined to fix, raise, maintain, and stabilize the price and supply of chicken products, as of January 1, 2009, with the intent and expected result of increasing prices of chicken products in the United States, in violation of federal and state consumer and antitrust laws.
Defendants deny these allegations. Some of them have agreed to a settlement, while others have not settled.
- “Settling Defendants” are: Fieldale, George’s, Mar-Jac, Peco, Pilgrim’s, and Tyson.
- “Non-Settling Defendants” are: 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.
Members of the Settlement Class are defined as:
- All persons and entities who indirectly purchased fresh or frozen raw chicken (defined as whole birds (with or without giblets), whole cut-up birds purchased within a package, or “white meat” parts including breasts and wings (or cuts containing a combination of these), but excluding chicken that is marketed as halal, kosher, free range, or organic) from Defendants or alleged co-conspirators for personal consumption, where the person or entity purchased 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 from January 1, 2009 (except for Rhode Island, which is from July 15, 2013), to July 31, 2019.
- The Pilgrim’s Settlement covers claims for the period of January 1, 2009 to December 31, 2020. You are eligible to recover money if you purchased whole chicken, chicken breasts, or wings while a resident of one of the following states: California, District of Columbia, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, and Wisconsin. These states allow for standing of End-User Consumers, the class alleged here.
While these Settlements are only with Settling Defendants, the Settlement Class includes persons who purchased chicken products from any of the Non-Settling Defendants or their alleged co-conspirators. If you are a member of the Settlement Class and do not exclude yourself, you may be eligible to participate in (or exclude yourself from) any additional settlements which may arise with any other Non-Settling Defendants in the case.
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If the Settlements are approved, each Settling Defendant will pay the following amounts:
- Tyson will pay $99,000,000
- Pilgrim’s will pay $75,500,000
- George’s will pay $1,900,000
- Peco will pay $1,900,000
- Fieldale will pay $1,700,000
- Mar-Jac will pay $1,000,000.
These Settlements would resolve all Settlement Class members’ claims against the Settling Defendants for the Released Claims (as defined in the Settlement Agreements). In addition to this monetary benefit, Settling Defendants have also agreed to provide specified cooperation (as set forth in the Settlement Agreements) in the End-User Consumer Plaintiffs’ continued prosecution of the litigation.
It’s not clear yet how much each claimant will receive if the settlement is approved. There’s no deadline listed either, but do it now so you don’t forget.