JBS Settles Wage-Fixing Class Action Suit

JBS USA Food Company and a class of meat plant workers settled a class action wage-fixing suit filed against 15 of the nation’s largest meat packers and two data consulting firms. Plaintiffs had alleged that “[s]ince at least 2000, Defendants have conspired and combined to fix and depress the compensation paid to employees at red meat processing plants in violation of Section 1 of the Sherman Antitrust Act.” Among other allegations, Plaintiffs also had asserted that “JBS employees regularly attended [meetings] where executives from competing red meat processors gathered in person to exchange information about, discuss, agree upon, and fix Class Members’ wages, salaries, and benefits at artificially depressed levels.” The case is pending in the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado.