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

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On October 5, 2021, the Court granted Preliminary Approval of settlements with the Mar-Jac and Harrison Poultry Defendants.

 

Two more settlements have been reached in a class action antitrust lawsuit filed on behalf of Direct Purchaser Plaintiffs (“Plaintiffs”) of Broiler chicken. The two new settlements are with Defendants Mar-Jac Poultry, Inc., Mar-Jac Poultry MS, LLC, Mar-Jac Poultry AL, LLC, Mar-Jac AL/MS, Inc., Mar-Jac Poultry, LLC, and Mar-Jac Holdings, Inc. (collectively, “Mar-Jac”) and Harrison Poultry, Inc. (“Harrison Poultry”) (collectively, “New Settlements” with the “New Settling Defendants”). Previous settlements (the “Previous Settlements”) were filed on behalf of Plaintiffs with Defendants Tyson Foods, Inc., Tyson Chicken, Inc., Tyson Breeders, Inc., and Tyson Poultry, Inc. (collectively, “Tyson”); Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation (“Pilgrim’s Pride”); Peco Foods, Inc. (“Peco”); George’s, Inc. and George’s Farms, Inc. (collectively, “George’s”); Amick Farms, LLC (“Amick”); and Fieldale Farms Corporation (“Fieldale Farms”) (collectively, the “Previous Settling Defendants”). Together, the New Settling Defendants and Previous Settling Defendants are referred to as “Settling Defendants” and the Previous Settlements and the New Settlements are collectively referred to as the “Settlements.”

Who is Included in the Settlements?

The Court decided that, for settlement purposes, Settlement Class members are defined as follows for the New Settlements:

All persons 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 December 20, 2019.

What is this Case About?

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. The Settling Defendants have not admitted any liability concerning and continue to deny the legal claims alleged. The Court did not decide which side was right, but both sides agreed to the Settlements to resolve the case. The case is still proceeding on behalf of the Direct Purchaser Plaintiffs against all other Defendants who have not settled with the Plaintiffs.

What do the Settlements Provide?

The New Settlements will require Mar-Jac to pay $7,975,000.00 and Harrison Poultry to pay $3,300,000.00.

Of the Previous Settling Defendants, Tyson has paid $79,340,000, Pilgrim’s Pride has paid $75,000,000, Peco has paid $4,964,600, George’s has paid $4,097,000, Amick has paid $3,950,000, and Fieldale Farms has paid $2,250,000. Collectively, all Settlements to date provide $180,876,600 in Settlement Proceeds. The deadline to file a claim for pro rata compensation from the Previous Settlements has already passed.

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 Important Documents and FAQ pages of this website.

Your Legal Rights and Options

Ask to be Excluded You must submit a valid request for exclusion in order to remove yourself from the New Settlements with Mar-Jac and Harrison Poultry. You will keep your right to be part of any other lawsuit against Mar-Jac and Harrison Poultry about the legal claims that the New Settlements resolve. Requests for exclusion must be postmarked by December 21, 2021.

The deadline to request exclusion from the settlements with the Previous Settling Defendants has already passed.
Object to the New Settlements You may write to the Court about why you don’t like the New Settlements with Mar-Jac and Harrison Poultry. Objections must be postmarked by December 21, 2021. The deadline to object to the settlements with the Previous Settling Defendants has already passed.

Attend the Fairness Hearing

You may request to speak in Court about the fairness of the New Settlements by providing notice by December 21, 2021.
Do Nothing You will remain part of the New Settlements and you may participate in any monetary distribution to qualified purchasers. The New Settlements will resolve your claims against Mar-Jac and Harrison Poultry, and you will give up your rights to sue or to continue suing the New Settling Defendants about the Released Claims (as defined in the Settlement Agreements). You will be bound by the judgment.

 

Settlement Administrator for the Mar-Jac and Harrison Settlements:
Broiler Direct Antitrust Litigation
Mar-Jac/Harrison Poultry Settlement
c/o A.B. Data, Ltd.
P.O. Box 173134
Milwaukee, WI 53217
866-552-1178
info@broilerdirectlitigation.com
 
If you have questions regarding the Mar-Jac and Harrison Poultry settlements, you may call the Broiler Chicken Antitrust Litigation Helpline at 866-552-1178 or email info@broilerdirectlitigation.com.

 

 

Settlement Administrator for the Tyson, Pilgrim’s, Peco, George’s, Amick, and Fieldale Settlements (including claim submission):
Broiler Chicken Antitrust Litigation
c/o JND Legal Administration
PO Box 91343
Seattle, WA 98111
866-552-1178
info@broilerchickenantitrustlitigation

If you have questions regarding the Tyson, Pilgrim’s, Peco, George’s, Amick, and Fieldale settlements, you may call the Broiler Chicken Antitrust Litigation Helpline at 866-552-1178 or email info@broilerchickenantitrustlitigation.

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Broiler Chicken Antitrust Litigation
c/o JND Legal Administration
PO Box 91343
Seattle, WA 98111