CCC has been tracking and helping class members in a series of meat antitrust cases where interestingly there is some overlap in defendants. We are excited to see a settlement In Re: Packaged Seafood Products Antitrust Litigation. Technically, this is another case with several classes; direct purchasers, commercial food prepares, and indirect purchasers of Chicken of the Sea tuna products. Chicken of the Sea will pay around $40 million to resolve claims it worked with other tuna companies to artificially raise the price of tuna products. Eligible class members must file a claim by 8/22/2022 and class members do not need proof of purchase to make a claim.
The majority of the settlement benefits direct purchasers of Chicken of the Sea tuna products and while the proposed Settlement is only with Chicken of the Sea and Thai Union, the Settlement Class includes persons (including businesses and companies) who purchased Packaged Tuna from any of the Defendants.
The Settlement Class more specifically consists of all persons and entities that directly purchased packaged tuna products (excluding tuna salad kits and cups and salvage purchases) within the United States, its territories, and the District of Columbia from any Defendant between June 1, 2011 and July 1, 2015, with minor exclusions. In exchange for releasing claims against the defendants in this litigation, Chicken of the Sea and Thai Union has agreed to pay 3.2% of the combined sales of Packaged Tuna Products that were sold to Settlement Class Members.
Analyzing the relevant sales, it’s been determined that the settlement is expected to
provide approximately $13 million in relief for the Settlement Class Members after
accounting for all of the anticipated opt-outs. CCC knows that it may be difficult to determine whether you are eligible or should file a claim so please reach out if you or your business purchased tuna products during the class period. The most common class members who will miss out on this case are the mid-level food distributors and regional grocery chains, so don’t hesitate to contact us with questions.