Countless chicken meat buyers eligible to share in $181 million price-fixing settlement

Countless chicken meat buyers eligible to share in $181 million price-fixing settlement

While the court still has to approve the settlement later this year, claims are already being made by eligible consumers.

A $181 million class-action lawsuit price-fixing settlement allows anyone who purchased chicken from a grocery store in the last decade-plus to be eligible to collect.

Law firms Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro and Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll have reached a settlement with six chicken producers in their Broiler Chicken Antitrust Litigation lawsuit alleging price-fixing within the industry

None of the accused producers, Fieldale, George's, Mar Jac, Peco, Pilgrim's, and Tyson, admitted any wrongdoing as part of the agreement).

While the court still has to approve the settlement later this year, claims are already being made by eligible consumers.

No date has been set for payments while legal action continues, and claims are being accepted until December 31, 2022.

Eligible claimants include anyone who “purchased fresh or frozen raw chicken, whole cut-up chicken purchased within a package, or 'white meat' parts including breasts and wings but excluding chicken that is marketed as halal, kosher, free-range, or organic.

It applied to chicken from any of the said brands or their alleged co-conspirators for personal consumption between January 1, 2009, to July 31, 2019, or until December 31, 2020, for Pilgrim's.

The states ) in the following states: 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, Rhode Island (after July 15, 2013), South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, and Wisconsin.

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