Federal Judge Certifies Class in MDL Antitrust Litigation Against America’s Largest Pork Producers

The U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota granted class certification brought by direct purchasers, consumer indirect purchasers, and commercial indirect purchasers in multidistrict antitrust litigation over a purported scheme to inflate pork prices. The Court found that the three proposed classes met their burden under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 23 for class certification. Class plaintiffs allege that the largest pork producers in the U.S. conspired to restrict supply, stabilize prices, and participate in anti-competitive information exchange.