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Beef Antitrust Litigation

SUMMARY

On April 26, 2019, the antitrust team at Lockridge Grindal Nauen, along with the antitrust team at Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro, filed the first end user indirect purchaser antitrust class action on behalf of our clients alleging anticompetitive conduct by major beef producers. Our clients and the class we intend to represent are end user purchasers of beef, such as people who purchased beef at a grocery store.

Background
On behalf of our clients we allege that beginning in 2015, beef packers coordinated to artificially reduce the supply of beef in the United States, knowing and intending that reduced supply would raise beef prices. Among other ways, Defendants coordinated their supply reductions by sharing confidential production information and other competitively sensitive information with one another through Agri Stats, an information sharing service. As a result, since 2015 beef prices to American consumers have been artificially inflated.

Were you affected by the alleged beef conspiracy?
You may have overpaid if you bought beef for personal consumption between 2015 and today, and the beef you bought was processed or packed by any of the following companies or their subsidiaries: Tyson Foods, JBS USA, National Beef Packing Company, or Cargill, Inc.

CONTACT

If you would like to discuss your legal options, please contact Joe Bruckner or Brian Clark at wjbrucker@locklaw.com, bdclark@locklaw.com, or at 612-339-6900.

ARTICLES & DOCUMENTS

04-26-2019
Class Action Complaint