Some people who have bought chicken products in the US in the past decade could receive over $ 181 million in class action lawsuit.
Prosecutors in the Broiler Chicken Antitrust Lawsuit claim that several companies have conspired to stabilize the price and supply of chicken in violation of federal and state consumer and antitrust laws.
Consumers can check their eligibility until December 31, 2022 at and submit an application www.overchargedforchicken.com or by phone at (877) 888-5428. The total payout to consumers is currently still being finalized.
According to the lawsuit, anyone who purchased chicken products from the following companies between January 1, 2009 and December 31, 2020 could receive payments: Fieldale Farms Corporation, George’s, Mar-Jac Poultry, Peco Foods, Pilgrim’s Pride, and Tyson Foods.
Aside from meat marketed as halal, kosher, free-range, or organic meat, anyone consuming fresh or frozen raw chicken, whole cut birds purchased in a pack, or pieces of “white meat” could come into question, it says in the application.
Meat purchased in the following states may qualify: 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, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, and Wisconsin.
According to a notice approved by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, the prosecuting law firm said the court will hold a hearing on December 20 at 9 a.m. to determine whether the settlements will be approved before any money can be paid .