Do you live in the United States and have purchased chicken in the last 10 years? Unless you’ve been vegetarian or vegan that entire time, I’m going to assume the answer is yes. If so, then you may be eligible for a settlement payment. Here’s why.
Class-Action Lawsuit Against Chicken Producing Companies In America
A group has filed a $181 million class-action lawsuit against a number of American poultry companies. No, it is not a health-related suit nor does it have to do with the conditions of any of their farms. It has to do with the prices they have been charging.
The lawsuit alleges that companies conspired together in order to stabilize both the price and the supply of chicken in the United States from January 2009 to December 2020. This violates both federal and state consumer and antitrust laws. (1) What does this mean for you? Well, likely that you’ve been overpaying for chicken for the last 10 years. That, and the farmers producing have been grossly underpaid. (2)
There are several companies included and several states as well. The companies included in the lawsuit are:
- Fieldale Farms Corporation
- George’s Inc. and George’s Farms, Inc.
- Mar-Jac Poultry, Inc.
- Peco Foods, Inc.
- Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation
- Tyson Foods, Inc., Tyson Chicken, Inc., Tyson Breeders, Inc., and Tyson Poultry, Inc.
There are also specific cuts of meat involved. It is important to note that halal, kosher, free-range, and organic chicken products are not included. The applicable poultry products include:
- whole birds (with or without giblets)
- whole cut-up birds purchased within a package
- “white meat” parts including breasts and wings
- cuts containing a combination of these
The lawsuit also does not include all of the United States. Rather, it outlines specific states where the companies controlled the supply and demand and therefore charged too much for their chicken. The states named in the lawsuit are: