Purchase chicken in the past 10 years? You might get some scratch back. How to file

Brooke Cain, The Charlotte Observer on

Published in Business News

A class action lawsuit alleging price-fixing in the poultry industry may mean a little extra grocery money in your pocket.



The class action lawsuit, known as The Broiler Chicken Antitrust suit, alleges 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.”

The $181 million settlement, which is pending in a U.S. District Court in Northern Illinois, is open to people in 24 states, including North Carolina and South Carolina.

There are five “settling” defendants in the case, which includes Tyson and Pilgrim’s, and a number of “non-settling” defendants. The case against the “non-settling defendants,” which include Perdue Farms, Sanderson Farms and House of Raeford Farms, is continuing.


If you want a deeper dive into the intricacies of poultry price-fixing, USA Today explains more on their site.

Are you eligible for chicken lawsuit money?

If you purchased fresh or frozen raw chicken between January 2009 and December 31, 2020, and you live in one of the states listed below, you can file a claim.

The claim period opened on Sept. 11 and continues until Dec. 31, 2022.


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