Do you have bought chicken of a supermarket in the past decade? Then it is possible that you qualify for a nice payout.
Here’s why – law firms Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro and Cohen Milstein Sellers&Toll announced last Friday that they were A $181 million settlement in a class action lawsuit with six major chicken producers. Of which Tyson, Pilgrim’s, Fieldale, George’s, Mar Jac and Peco.
In the Broiler Chicken Antitrust Litigation lawsuit, all six chicken processors were charged with alleged price fixing within the poultry industry. And while a court has yet to approve the settlement later in 2021, claims from eligible consumers are already being accepted, reports Food & Wine.
So, who is eligible for a payout? This is what the law firms announced:
Settlement class members are defined as all individuals and entities who have indirectly purchased fresh or frozen raw chicken (defined as whole birds (with or without entrails), whole cut birds purchased in a package, or cuts of “white meat”. ‘, including breasts and wings (or cuts containing a combination of these, but excluding chicken marketed as halal, kosher, free-range, or organic),’ as stated in the settlement.
This applies to chicken produced by one of the six major processors or “alleged co-conspirators” and to people who purchased it between January 1, 2009 and July 31, 2019 (but until December 31, 2020, exclusively for Pilgrim’s), in the following areas: 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 ( as of July 15, 2013), South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, and Wisconsin.
Basically, anyone who has purchased fresh or frozen raw chicken from any of the above brands and from each supermarket in the above regions in the past 10 years is likely to qualify.
And if you’re wondering how you’d even go about digging up old receipts from six or seven years ago, don’t worry — no proof of purchase is required to file a claim. It’s still being decided how much money consumers affected by the price-fixing would even receive from the class-action lawsuit, but if you’re inclined to file a claim, you can do so at OverchargedForChicken.com. You have until December 31, 2022 to make a claim!
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