KRAFT FOODS GLOBAL, INC., et al. v. UNITED EGG PRODUCERS, INC., et al.
The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois held that Kraft Foods Global, Inc., The Kellogg Company, General Mills, Inc., and Nestlé USA, Inc. met their burden of showing, for purposes of admitting statements made by alleged co-conspirators at an upcoming antitrust trial, that it was more likely than not that United Egg Producers, Inc., United States Egg Marketers, Inc., Cal-Maine Foods, Inc., and Rose Acre Farms, Inc., had conspired to inflate egg prices. Plaintiffs allege that egg producers artificially restricted their supply to inflate prices between at least 1999 and 2008. U.S. District Judge Steven Seeger conditionally admitted almost all statements sought in plaintiffs’ proffer.
[To accompany Case Law Update "Federal Judge Admits Alleged Co-Conspirator Statements in Antitrust Case Alleging Major Egg Producers Conspired to Restrict Supply to Inflate Prices" from Brooks Animal Law Digest Issue No. 208]