If you bought chicken from 2009 to 2020, the money could get to you
If you think the price of chicken is high, you are right. There was not much demand for poultry during the pandemic as restaurants were closed so fewer birds were kept. Now, however, with many places having reopened, demand is high and supply is low, which is a good reason for a price increase. However, the cost of the chicken would not always have been fair and some of the large poultry companies were ordered to reimburse their customers because of it.
A class action lawsuit has been filed against Pilgrim’s Pride, Tyson Foods, Fieldale Farms, George’s Mar-Jac Poultry, Peco Foods and other poultry companies, alleging that they “conspired to restrict supply and fix, increase and stabilize the chicken price. effective Jan. 1, 2009, in violation of federal and state consumer antitrust laws. “The lawsuit seeks a settlement of $ 181 million. The settlement is now awaiting approval by an Illinois court, pending the decision of a judge.
If you purchased chicken between January 1, 2009 and December 31, 2020 in certain states, you may be eligible for part of the settlement, but you must take action. To get cash, you must complete a declaration that during this period you purchased poultry in one of the following states: California, District of Columbia, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas , Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah and Wisconsin.
While there’s no word yet on how much claimants will receive, you won’t have to wait too long to find out – the final settlement approval hearing takes place on December 20. You will have until December 31, 2022 to file a claim and you can do so at OverchargedForChicken.com or by calling 1-877-888-5428.