ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – Did you buy chicken from 2009 to 2020? You may then be eligible for a class action settlement payment of $ 181 million. Defendants include Fieldale Farms Corporation, George’s, Mar-Jac Poultry, Peco Foods, Pilgrim’s Pride and Tyson Foods.
Prosecutors in the broiler chicken antitrust litigation allege that several companies conspired to stabilize the price and supply of chicken, a violation of federal and state consumer antitrust laws.
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The law firm representing the applicant posted notice of settlement Friday with US District Court approval for the Northern District of Illinois. But, the settlements must be finally approved by the court at a hearing on December 20, 2021 before the money is released.
Anyone who has purchased fresh or frozen raw chicken (excluding meat marketed as Halal, Kosher, Free-range, or Organic) in multiple states is eligible. These states include 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.
How much money should you expect?
This figure remains to be determined, depending on the number of registered applicants and the total of the regulations being finalized.
As for the payments involved, 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 if the settlements are approved.
While payout per consumer is not yet known, we do know how much class action attorneys will get:
“The Co-Senior Advisor will charge legal fees not to exceed 33.3% of the Settlement Fund or $ 60,273,000, and the total amount of fees claimed will not exceed $ 8.75 million. The Senior Co-Lawyer will also seek service fees of up to $ 2,000 for each of the Class Representatives.
Anything left over after legal fees will be distributed to the Settlement Class Members.
There are several exceptions to eligibility. Submit your application and verify your eligibility before December 31, 2022 at www.overchargedforchicken.com or dial 1-877-888-5428.
Tyson and Perdue to pay $ 35 million to settle with chicken farmers
Two of the industry’s largest poultry companies have agreed to pay nearly $ 35 million to settle a lawsuit accusing them and several other companies of conspiring to dominate the industry and set the prices paid to farmers who raise them. chickens. Tyson Foods and Perdue Farms agreed to the settlements last week without admitting any wrongdoing as the lawsuit remains pending against several other industry giants, including Pilgrim’s Pride, Koch Foods and Sanderson Farms. The lawsuit says the system of contract producers the meat companies created pushed them into deep debt to build and maintain chicken coops that meet company standards.
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The Associated Press contributed to this report.