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If you bought chicken from 2009 to 2020, you may qualify for cash settlement

Posted September 23, 2021 7:30 a.m. EDT

If you purchased chicken in specific states, including North Carolina, from 2009 through 2020, you may be eligible to receive a payment from a $181 million class action settlement.

The suit alleges that multiple corporations conspired to control the supply and price of chicken.

According to the Broiler Chicken Antitrust Litigation class action claim website, "End-User Consumer Plaintiffs allege that Defendants and their co-conspirators conspired to restrict the supply of, and fix, raise and stabilize the price of chicken, as of January 1, 2009, in violation of federal and state consumer and antitrust laws."

Corporations named in the lawsuit include Pilgrim’s Pride, Tyson Foods, Fieldale Farms Corporation, George’s, Mar-Jac Poultry, Peco Foods and more.

On Sept. 10, 2021, a court-approved legal notice was shared on prnewswire.com by Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP and Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll, PLLC indicating that customers who purchased chicken from Jan. 1, 2009, through Dec. 31, 2020, in select U.S. states could be eligible to receive a settlement payment if final approval on the settlement is received.

Those eligible for the settlement, include "persons and entities who indirectly purchased fresh or frozen raw chicken (defined as whole birds (with or without giblets), whole cut-up birds purchased within a package, or "white meat" parts including breasts and wings (or cuts containing a combination of these), but excluding chicken that is marketed as halal, kosher, free range, or organic)," according to the settlement announcement.

The following states are included in the lawsuit: 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.

At this time, the total payout to consumers is yet to be determined.

Shoppers can see more information, check claim eligibility and file a claim by Dec. 31, 2022, at overchargedforchicken.com or by calling 1-877-888-5428.

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