We know you've been feeling the pinch with the soaring prices of meat, and it turns out there may be a reason for that. Major chicken producers in the U.S. have been hit with a class-action lawsuit accusing them of tampering with the price of their meat. Fieldale, George's, Mar Jac, Peco, Pilgrim's, and Tyson, some of the country's top chicken producers, have agreed to pay a $181 million settlement even though they deny any wrongdoing.
Now, the question on your mind might be: "Am I entitled to some of that money?" Let's dive into what we know about this lawsuit, who's part of the affected "class," and when you might see a payout.
What is this lawsuit about?
The lawsuit alleges that these chicken producers manipulated the price of their meat by coordinating production cuts, thereby artificially inflating the prices customers had to pay. This has been a major issue for many families, including moms like you, who have been trying to balance household budgets while providing nutritious meals for their loved ones.
Who is part of the "class" in this class action lawsuit? The affected "class" typically includes people who purchased fresh or frozen raw chicken (excluding processed chicken products) from any of the named chicken producers between January 1, 2009, and December 31, 2020. It covers both direct purchases and those made through grocery stores, so it's likely that many moms will be part of this class.
How can I find out if I'm part of the "class" and eligible for a payout?
There's no need to worry if you don't remember every chicken purchase you've made in the last decade. Usually, in class action lawsuits like this, a claims administrator will be appointed to manage the claims process. They will provide information on the specific criteria and what documentation, if any, you need to submit to prove your eligibility. Keep an eye out for updates and official notices regarding this lawsuit, and visit the claims administrator's website when it becomes available.
When will I receive my payout?
The timeline for payouts can vary, but it's important to keep in mind that the process can take some time. The court still needs to grant final approval of the settlement, and there may be appeals that could delay the payout. Additionally, the claims process needs to be completed, and all eligible claims must be reviewed before payments are distributed. It could be several months to a year or more before you see a payout, but rest assured that we'll keep you updated as more information becomes available.
So, moms, stay informed and be prepared to claim your share of the settlement. It's not every day that big companies like these have to pay back customers, and you deserve to receive compensation for any unfair price hikes you may have faced. We're here to keep you in the loop, so you can focus on what matters most: your family. Make sure you file by Deadline: April 3, 2023
The chicken must have been purchased in 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 from January 1, 2009 (except for Rhode Island, which is from July 15, 2013), to July 31, 2019.