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Unsurprisingly, we are seeing a flock of meat antitrust settlements payout and are on top of how you can take full advantage of them. A $181 Million settlement has been agreed upon involving chicken producers in the United States. If you purchased any chicken or chicken products from January 1, 2009, through December 31, 2020, you may be eligible to receive money back. 

Fun fact, January 1, 2009, through December 31, 2020, encompasses the drafting, career, and (first) retirement of NFL star Rob Gronkowski. Think of all the chicken he’s eaten to maintain his 1,000,000 pound frame. Let’s make sure Gronk files a claim. 

The settlement involves multiple companies who have been accused of price-fixing and as previously discussed these are some of the same corporations that dominate the meat industry.

If the Settlements are approved, Tyson will pay $99,000,000, Pilgrim’s will pay $75,500,000, George’s will pay $1,900,000, Peco will pay $1,900,000, Fieldale will pay $1,700,000, and Mar-Jac will pay $1,000,000. These Settlements would resolve all Settlement Class members’ claims against the Settling Defendants for the Released Claims (as defined in the Settlement Agreements). In addition to this monetary benefit, Settling Defendants have also agreed to provide specified “coop”eration (as set forth in the Settlement Agreements) in the End-User Consumer Plaintiffs’ continued prosecution of the litigation.

That “coop”eration joke is why they pay me the big bucks.

Members of the Settlement Class are defined as:

“All persons and entities who indirectly purchased fresh or frozen raw chicken (defined as whole birds, 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) from Defendants or alleged co-conspirators for personal consumption.”

Now 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.

To be eligible to receive a payment from any of the Settlements, you must file a timely Claim Form by December 31, 2022, here: https://overchargedforchicken.com/

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