The State of Washington, through its attorney general, has sued Tyson Foods, Pilgrim’s Pride, Sanderson Farms, Perdue Farms and other major broiler chicken producers alleging conspiratorial and anticompetitive practices. The State of Washington argues that America’s broiler chicken producers have manipulated price indices and engaged in bid rigging in violation of Washington’s Consumer Protection Act. Defendant Pilgrim’s Pride already pleaded guilty in February 2021 to criminal price fixing in response to charges brought by the U.S. Department of Justice. The defendants collectively account for 95% of America’s chicken supply. Washington State is seeking restitution, civil penalties, costs, fees, and injunctive relief.
[To accompany State Case Law Update "State of Washington Alleges Broiler Chicken Producers Engaged in Illegal Price Fixing" from Brooks Animal Law Digest Issue No. 111.]