Seventh Circuit Dismisses Interlocutory Appeal Seeking to Upend Judgment Sharing Agreement in Poultry Price-Fixing Case

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit dismissed the interlocutory appeal of a lower court order preserving poultry producers' Judgment Sharing Agreement under which they pre-determined potential responsibility in case of loss in the pending price-fixing case. The appellate court concluded it lacked jurisdiction to hear the challenge under the collateral order doctrine that allows appeals of certain mid-case decisions. The ruling may disadvantage chicken buyers in settlement talks with the producers accused of price-fixing.