St. Lewis (KTVI) – Did you buy chicken from 2009 through 2020? After that, you may be eligible for a class action settlement payment of $181 million. The defendants include Fieldale Farms Corporation, George’s, Mar-Jac Poultry, Peco Foods, Pilgrim’s Pride and Tyson Foods.
Prosecutors in the broiler antitrust lawsuit allege that several companies conspired to stabilize chicken prices and supplies, a violation of federal and state antitrust laws.
The law firm representing the notice posted to the plaintiff of the settlement Friday with approval from the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. But the settlements need final court approval at a hearing on December 20, 2021 before any money is paid.
Anyone who has purchased fresh or frozen raw chicken (except meat marketed as halal, kosher, free-range, or organic) in several 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 number has yet to be determined, depending on how many claimants have signed and the overall settlement process completed.
As far as payments are concerned, Tyson will pay $99 million, Pilgrim will pay $75,500,000, George will pay $1,900,000, Picot $1,900,000, Feldahl $1,700,000 and Mar-Jacques will pay $1,000,000 if the settlements are approved.
While the per-consumer payments are not yet known, we do know how much class action settlement attorneys will get:
“The Participating Counsel will request attorneys’ fees of not more than 33.3% of the Settlement Fund or $60,273,000, and the total costs required will not be more than $8.75 million. The Co-Leader’s Counsel will also request service awards of up to $2,000 for each of the Representatives. the classroom “.
Whatever remains after the legal fees will be distributed to the members of the settlement class.
There are several exceptions to eligibility. Submit your claim and check your eligibility by December 31, 2022 at www.overchargedforchicken.com or call 1-877-888-5428.
Tyson, Purdue to pay $35 million settlement 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 take over the industry and set the prices paid to farmers who raise chickens. Tyson Foods and Perdue Farms agreed to the settlements last week without admitting any wrongdoing while the lawsuit remains pending against several other industry giants, including Pilgrim’s Pride, Koch Foods and Sanderson Farms. The lawsuit says the contract farm system set up by the meat companies led them to indulge in debt to build and maintain chicken coops that meet the company’s standards.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.