Broiler Chicken Antitrust Litigation
The antitrust team at Lockridge Grindal Nauen is plaintiffs’ court-appointed co-lead counsel in a case we filed on behalf of our clients alleging anticompetitive conduct by producers of broiler chickens. Our clients and the class we intend to represent are direct purchasers of chicken from 14 broiler producers.
On August 18, 2017, the Court preliminarily approved a settlement between direct purchaser plaintiffs and defendant Fieldale Farms. In addition to paying $2.25 million, Fieldale Farms will provide substantial cooperation regarding the allegations in plaintiffs’ complaint.
On November 20, 2017, the Court upheld plaintiffs’ allegations that the defendant poultry producers conspired to restrain broiler production and raise broiler prices. The Court denied all defendants’ motions to dismiss the direct purchasers’ complaint. We will now pursue full discovery to vigorously prosecute this case on behalf of the class.
If you purchased broiler chickens between 2008 and today, you may have overpaid. For more details, please read on and follow the links below. If you would like to discuss your legal options, please contact Joe Bruckner or Brian Clark at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 612-339-6900.
Case History & Background
Broiler chickens constitute approximately 98% of all chicken meat sold in the United States. On October 14, 2016, the Court appointed Lockridge Grindal Nauen and Pearson Simon Warshaw as lead counsel for the direct purchaser plaintiffs.
Plaintiffs allege that beginning in 2008, broiler chicken producers coordinated their efforts to artificially reduce the supply of broiler chickens for sale in the United States, knowing that those supply reductions would increase prices. Defendants coordinated their supply reductions by sharing confidential production information with one another, closing plants, exporting hatching eggs, and destroying their breeder hens. As a result, during that time broiler chicken prices have increased nearly 50%.
In our Second Amended Complaint filed on November 23, 2016, plaintiffs incorporated revelations made public in early November 2016 that indicated for the first time that a widely used price index—the Georgia Dock—not only may be unreliable, but that broiler producers may have manipulated it in an effort to keep broiler prices artificially high.
On February 6, 2017, defendant Tyson announced that the United States Securities & Exchange Commission was investigating the allegations brought by plaintiffs in our case. In late February 2017, nine broiler companies, including six of the defendants named in our case, received a Civil Investigative Demand from the Florida Attorney General relating to their pricing of broiler chicken.
Were you affected by the alleged broiler chicken conspiracy?
If you purchased broiler chickens between 2008 and today from any of the following companies or their subsidiaries, you may have overpaid: Koch Foods, Inc., Tyson Foods, Inc., Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation, Perdue Farms, Inc., Sanderson Farms, Inc., Wayne Farms, LLC, Mountaire Farms, Inc., Peco Foods, Inc., Foster Farms, House of Raeford Farms, Inc., Simmons, Fieldale Farms Corporation, George’s, Inc., or O.K. Foods, Inc.
If you would like to discuss your legal options, please contact Joe Bruckner or Brian Clark at email@example.com or at 612-339-6900.
ARTICLES & DOCUMENTS
Second Amended Class Action Complaint