UNITED STATES OF AMERICA U.S. Department of Justice v. AGRI STATS, INC.
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) filed an antitrust lawsuit against Agri Stats, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota. In the lawsuit, DOJ alleges that the data and consulting company is engaging in an unlawful anticompetitive scheme “by providing processors with unique insights about their competitors’ production, costs, and pricing—and refusing to sell the same information to processors’ customers, farmers, workers, or consumers.” DOJ further alleges that “Agri Stats enables and encourages processors to use its asymmetrical information exchanges to weaken competition, curb production, and increase prices for purchasers,” ultimately at consumers’ expense and in violation of the Sherman Act. DOJ is seeking declaratory judgment, permanent injunctive relief, and costs.
[To accompany Case Law Update "DOJ Alleges Data Consulting Firm Is Engaging in Anticompetitive Meat Processor Scheme" from Brooks Animal Law Digest Issue No. 209]