How to Claim Money in a Massive Settlement
If you have purchased chicken in the past decade, you may be eligible for a refund.
A $ 181 million settlement is pending in the Broiler Chicken antitrust litigation, a class action lawsuit that alleges price fixing in the poultry industry.
The lawsuit claims that the defendants and “their co-conspirators conspired to restrict the supply, fix, increase and stabilize the price of chicken, effective January 1, 2009, in violation of federal and state consumer laws and laws. antitrust ”.
To be eligible to receive cash, you must have purchased fresh or frozen raw chicken between January 2009 and December 31, 2020 and submit a claim form on Overchargedforchicken.com. You must also be a resident of one of the 24 states or of Washington DC (See list of states below.)
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Chicken marketed as halal, kosher, free-range or organic is excluded, according to the regulations.
Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation and Tyson Foods, Inc. are among the chicken farmers who have reached a settlement in this case. Other defendants in the lawsuit include Perdue Foods, Sanderson Farms, Wayne Farms and Koch Foods.
Poultry prices fixed?
The American poultry industry has operated under a cloud in recent years. Restaurant chains, food producers and grocers including Walmart, Kroger and Chick-fil-A sued Sanderson Farms, Wayne Farms and other poultry producers in 2016, alleging the companies conspired to fix prices poultry over an eight-year period.
The US Department of Justice intervened in the case and charged at least 10 people with antitrust violations, including current and former employees of Pilgrim’s Pride, Claxton Poultry Farms, Perdue Farms and Koch Foods. Sanderson Farms and Wayne Farms have not been charged. Sanderson received a subpoena in the case in 2019 and said he was cooperating.
According to a press release, the defendants in the settlement “have admitted no liability regarding, and continue to deny the legal claims alleged in” the lawsuit and have agreed to settle “to avoid expense, inconvenience, disruption and burden further to this litigation … and thus put an end to this controversy. “
Chicken Class Action: File a Claim
You can complete the complaint form online at Overchargedforchicken.com or print a PDF to send by mail.
The claim form asks if you were a resident of the following 24 states or Washington DC: California, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New- Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah or Wisconsin.
Chicken purchase dates are January 2009 through December 31, 2020, but dates differ in Rhode Island and Wisconsin.
The form also asks for your best estimate of the number of packages of chicken you purchased on a monthly basis and the estimated cost.
The deadline for submitting a claim is December 31, 2022. To exclude yourself from the lawsuit, you must submit an exclusion request by November 10, 2021, the settlement website says.
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Contributor: Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY; Associated press
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