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Direct purchasers of turkey products likely paid too much due to an illegal price-increasing scheme by food corporations.

Case Status
Active
Case Caption
Olean Wholesale Grocery Cooperative, Inc., et al. v. Agri Stats, Inc.
Practice Areas
Court
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
Case Number
19-C-8318
Defendant(S)
Agri Stats Inc.
Butterball LLC
Cargill Inc.
Foster Farms
Hormel Foods Corp.
Perdue Farms Inc.
The Kraft Heinz Co.
Tyson Foods Inc.
File Date

An investigation has revealed that for years, major food corporations have illegally increased the price of turkey, forcing U.S. direct purchasers, including grocery stores, to pay artificially high prices for deli meat, ground turkey, whole birds and any other turkey product.

According to the firm’s research, suppliers involved in the price-fixing include: Butterball Turkey, Jennie-O, Cargill Turkey, Farbest Foods, Tyson Foods, Perdue Farms, Cooper Farms, House of Raeford, and Foster Farms which own the following popular brands, among others:

  • Applegate Farms
  • Butterball
  • Boar’s Head
  • Carolina Turkey
  • Honeysuckle
  • Hillshire Farm
  • Pilgrims Pride
  • Jennie-O
  • Norbest
  • Sarah Lee
  • Shady Brook Farms
  • Foster Farms

ABOUT THE CONSPIRACY

This investigation revealed that since 2008, turkey producers such as Tyson, Hormel and others colluded to knowingly reduce turkey production to artificially inflate prices. The turkey producers engaged in a conspiracy that has cost American direct-purchasers millions of dollars over the years.

The turkey industry rakes in $4 billion dollars a year, and the companies involved in this investigation control the vast majority of the market. Hagens Berman believes that this is a classic conspiracy meant to extract extra profits from purchasers.

CASE UPDATE

OCT 19

On Oct. 19, 2020, the district court in the Northern District of Illinois denied the motions to dismiss in this antitrust case.

Case Timeline
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Court Denies Motion to Dismiss
Description

A federal judge issued an opinion and order largely allowing claims against the nation’s largest suppliers of turkey and Agri Stats to continue, stating, “…Plaintiffs have alleged enough to plausibly suggest the existence of a hub-and-spoke conspiracy among the Turkey Defendants to exchange competitively sensitive information with one another through Agri Stats,” adding that the plaintiffs also adequately allege an anti-competitive effect which harmed consumers.

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CASE TIMELINE

Court Denies Motion to Dismiss

A federal judge issued an opinion and order largely allowing claims against the nation’s largest suppliers of turkey and Agri Stats to continue, stating, “…Plaintiffs have alleged enough to plausibly suggest the existence of a hub-and-spoke conspiracy among the Turkey Defendants to exchange competitively sensitive information with one another through Agri Stats,” adding that the plaintiffs also adequately allege an anti-competitive effect which harmed consumers.

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