In re: Broiler Chicken Antitrust Litigation
Broiler Chicken Antitrust Litigation
Case No. 16-cv-08637


Additional settlements – referred to in this notice as the New Settlements – have been reached in a class action antitrust lawsuit filed on behalf of Direct Purchaser Plaintiffs (“Plaintiffs”) of Broiler chicken. The new settlements are with Defendants: ● House of Raeford Farms, Inc. (“HRF”); ● Koch Foods, Inc.; JCG Foods of Alabama, LLC; JCG Foods of Georgia, LLC; and Koch Meat Co., Inc. (collectively, “Koch”); ● Foster Farms, LLC and Foster Poultry Farms LLC (collectively, “Foster Farms”); ● Perdue Farms, Inc. and Perdue Foods LLC (collectively, “Perdue”); ● Case Foods, Inc., Case Farms Processing, Inc., and Case Farms, LLC (collectively, “Case”); ● Norman W. Fries, Inc. d/b/a Claxton Poultry Farms (“Claxton”); ● Wayne Farms, LLC (“Wayne Farms”); ● Agri Stats, Inc. (“Agri Stats”); and ● Sanderson Farms, LLC (f/k/a Sanderson Farms, Inc.), Sanderson Farms Foods, LLC (f/k/a Sanderson Farms, Inc. (Foods Division)), Sanderson Farms Production, LLC (f/k/a Sanderson Farms, Inc. (Production Division)), and Sanderson Farms Processing, LLC (f/k/a Sanderson Farms, Inc. (Processing Division)) (collectively, “Sanderson Farms”) (collectively, the “New Settling Defendants” and “New Settlements”).

The New Settlements, along with the Previous Settlements, will resolve the litigation in full between the Direct Purchaser Plaintiff Class (“DPP Class”) and all Defendants.

What is this lawsuit about?

This class action, In re Broiler Chicken Antitrust Litigation, N.D. Ill. Case No. 1:16-cv-08637, is pending in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. U.S. District Court Judge Thomas M. Durkin presides over this class action.

Plaintiffs allege that Defendants and their Co-Conspirators conspired to fix, raise, maintain, and stabilize the price of Broilers, beginning at least as early as January 1, 2008. Plaintiffs allege that Defendants implemented their conspiracy in various ways, including via coordinated supply restrictions, sharing competitively sensitive price and production information, and otherwise manipulating Broiler prices, with the intent and expected result of increasing prices of Broilers in the United States, in violation of federal antitrust laws. Defendants deny the violation and deny causing damages.

The Court previously gave final approval to settlements between the Plaintiffs and Tyson, Pilgrim’s Pride, Fieldale Farms, Peco, George’s, Amick, Mar-Jac, Harrison Poultry, Simmons, Mountaire, and O.K. Foods. The Court has now preliminarily approved the New Settlements with HRF, Koch, Foster Farms, Perdue, Case, Claxton, Wayne Farms, Agri Stats, and Sanderson Farms. If the Court gives final approval to these New Settlements, it will resolve the litigation in full between the Plaintiffs and all Defendants.

Your legal rights are affected whether you act or don’t act. Please read the information on this website and in the notice carefully. Additional information about eligibility, the Settlements, the lawsuit, and important Court documents may be found on the Court Documents and FAQ pages of this website.

ATTEND THE FAIRNESS HEARING If you already filed a claim in this lawsuit and received a payment from the previous distribution (see Question 11), you do not need to submit another claim and you will be automatically eligible to receive a payment from the remaining Settlement Proceeds.

If you did not previously file a claim in this lawsuit, you need to submit a claim to receive a payment from the remaining Settlement Proceeds. If you have not done so previously, the deadline to file a claim is June 1, 2024.

If you previously submitted a claim, you may submit additional information regarding your eligible purchases to supplement your claim, but you are not required to do so. The deadline to submit any additional information is June 1, 2024.

The deadline to submit a claim to share in the Settlement Proceeds from the Previous Settling Defendants (Tyson, Pilgrim’s Pride, Peco, George’s, Amick, and Fieldale Farms) that were already distributed has passed. You are no longer able to submit a claim for payment from the Settlement Proceeds that were already distributed.
You may write to the Court about why you don’t like the New Settlements or the motion for attorneys’ fees, reimbursement of litigation expenses, and payment of Class Representative service awards. Objections must be postmarked by June 1, 2024. The deadline to object to the substantive terms of the settlements with the Previous Settling Defendants has already passed.
DO NOTHING You may request to speak in Court about the fairness of the New Settlements by providing notice by June 1, 2024.

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Settlement Administrator:
Broiler Direct Antitrust Litigation
c/o A.B. Data, Ltd.
P.O. Box 173134
Milwaukee, WI 53217