What is this lawsuit about?
A settlement has been reached in a class action antitrust lawsuit filed on behalf of Direct Purchaser Plaintiffs (“Plaintiffs”) with Defendant Fieldale Farms Corporation (“Fieldale Farms”). This Settlement only applies to Fieldale Farms and does not dismiss claims against other Defendants in the case entitled In re Broiler Chicken Antitrust Litigation, N.D. Ill., Case No. 1:16-cv-08637.
The lawsuit claims that Broiler chicken producers, including Fieldale Farms, combined and conspired in restraint of trade, the purpose and effect of which was to suppress competition and allow them to charge supra-competitive prices for Broilers during the Class Period, in violation of federal law. Fieldale Farms vigorously and affirmatively denies it did anything wrong, and denies that it in any way conspired with competitors to restrain trade or suppressed competition to charge supra-competitive prices. The Court did not decide which side was right, but both sides agreed to the Settlement to resolve the case. The case is still proceeding on behalf of the Direct Purchaser Plaintiffs against all other Defendants.
Broilers are defined as chickens raised for meat consumption to be slaughtered before the age of 13 weeks, and which may be sold in a variety of forms, including fresh or frozen, raw or cooked, whole or in parts, or as a meat ingredient in a value added product, but excluding chicken that is grown, processed, and sold according to halal, kosher, free range, or organic standards.
Additional information about the lawsuit and important court documents may be found on the Important Documents and FAQs pages of this website.
Who is included?
For settlement purposes, Class Members are defined as all persons (including businesses and companies) who purchased Broilers directly from any of the Defendants or any co-conspirator identified in this action, or their respective subsidiaries or affiliates, for use or delivery in the United States from at least as early as January 1, 2008 until August 18, 2017. If you are not sure you are included, you can get more information on the FAQs page of this website or by calling toll-free 1-866-552-1178.
Specifically excluded from the Class are the Defendants; the officers, directors, or employees of any Defendant; any entity in which any Defendant has a controlling interest; and any affiliate, legal representative, heir, or assign of any Defendant. Also excluded from the Class are any federal, state, or local governmental entities, any judicial officer presiding over this action and the members of his/her immediate family and judicial staff, any juror assigned to this action, and any co-conspirator identified in this action.
This Settlement is only between Direct Purchaser Plaintiffs and Fieldale Farms. This Settlement does not dismiss Direct Purchaser Plaintiffs’ claims against Defendants other than Fieldale Farms. This Settlement also does not dismiss the claims of any Indirect Purchaser Plaintiffs against Fieldale Farms or any other Defendants. Depending on your purchase methods and from whom you purchased Broilers, you could be both a direct purchaser and an indirect purchaser of Broilers.