Fieldale Farms Corporation, George’s, Mar-Jac Poultry, Peco Foods, Pilgrim’s Pride, and Tyson Foods are all part of a class action settlement worth $181 million dollars.
If you purchased any of these brands of chicken between 2009 and 2020 you may be entitled to compensation out of the settlement.
Why do they owe consumers money?
Prosecutors involved in the Broiler Chicken Antitrust Litigation claim that many corporations banded together and conspired to stabilize the price and supply of chicken, which is illegal.
The settlement was approved by the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois but needs final approval during a hearing scheduled Dec. 20, 2021 before anyone can get paid.
Anyone that purchased the chicken in California, District of Columbia, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, and Wisconsin is eligible.
Meat sold as halal, kosher, free-range, or organic are not part of the lawsuit.
The amount each filer should get has yet to be determined, but if settlements are approved, Tyson will pay $99,000,000, Pilgrim’s will pay $75,500,000, George’s will pay $1,900,000, Peco will pay $1,900,000, Fieldale will pay $1,700,000 and Mar-Jac will pay $1,000,000
Legal fees and lawyers will be paid out of the settlement money first.
Tyson and Perdue will pay $35 million to farmers after being accused of fixing the prices paid to the farmers who raised the chickens without admitting any wrong-doing.
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