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

Welcome to the Broiler Chicken Antitrust Litigation Website

On June 29, 2021, the Court granted Final Approval of the settlements with Pilgrim's Pride and Tyson

 

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 Tyson Foods, Inc., Tyson Chicken, Inc., Tyson Breeders, Inc., and Tyson Poultry, Inc. (collectively, “Tyson”) and Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation (“Pilgrim’s Pride”), collectively “New Settlements” with the “New Settling Defendants.” Previous settlements (the “Previous Settlements”) were filed on behalf of Plaintiffs with Defendants 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?

For all settlements except the Fieldale Farms settlement, Settlement Class members include: All persons who purchased Broilers directly from any of the Defendants or any alleged 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. The class period for the Fieldale Farms settlement is January 1, 2008 through August 18, 2017.

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 require the New Settling Defendants to pay up to the following amounts to the Settlement Class: Tyson $80,000,000; and Pilgrim’s $75,000,000. Together, with the amounts paid by the Previous Settling Defendants (Peco $4,964,600; George’s $4,097,000; Amick $3,950,000, Fieldale Farms $2,250,000), total settlements in the Direct Purchaser Plaintiffs’ case are $170,261,600 (the “Settlement Proceeds”).

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

 

File a Claim
May 17, 2021
(PASSED)
In order to receive money from the New Settlements and Previous Settlements you must have submitted a valid Claim Form. If you are confirmed to be a Class Member and filed a valid Claim Form, you will be eligible to receive a payment from the Settlement Proceeds.
 
Information about filing a claim is available in Question 11 of the FAQs.
 
By participating as a Settlement Class member, you gave up your rights to sue the New Settling Defendants about the claims that the New Settlements resolve.
Ask to be excluded ("opt-out") from the Settlements
May 17, 2021
(PASSED)
Class members who submitted a valid request for exclusion will not receive a payment from the New Settlements.
 
Class Members who opted out will keep their right to be part of any other lawsuit against the New Settling Defendants about the legal claims that the New Settlements resolve.
 
The deadlines to request exclusion from all of the Settlements have already passed.
Object to the Settlement
May 17, 2021
(PASSED)
Settlement Class members could have objected to either of the New Settlements if they did not like part or all of them. 
 
The deadlines to object to all of the Settlements have already passed.

Attend the Fairness Hearing
9:00 a.m. on June 29, 2021
(PASSED)

On June 29, 2021, the Court granted Final Approval of the New Settlements.
Do Nothing If you did not file a claim as described above and in Question 11 of the FAQs, you will receive no payment from the Settlements with any of the Settling Defendants.
 
If you do nothing regarding the New Settlements, you will give up your rights to sue the New Settling Defendants about the legal claims that the New Settlements resolve.

 

For More Information

Visit this website often to get the most up-to-date information.

Mail

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