Poultry Cos. Face Antitrust Suit From Broiler Chicken Growers

Law360 (February 22, 2018, 7:41 PM EST) -- A group of North Carolina chicken growers slapped Koch Foods and other major chicken companies with a putative class action Wednesday, alleging the companies reached a "no-poaching" agreement and shared data to suppress farmers' compensation.

The plaintiffs, Haff Poultry Inc., Myles and Melissa Weaver and other broiler chicken growers, alleged Koch Foods and Sanderson Farms Inc. participated in a decade-long scheme to keep the compensation paid to farmers below market price. The suit claims the companies violated the Sherman Act and engaged in unfair practices under the Packers and Stockyard Act.

As part of the alleged scheme, the plaintiffs said the...

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