By Matt Fair (December 12, 2019, 12:51 PM EST) -- A Pennsylvania federal jury on Thursday rejected claims that the nation's second-largest egg producer conspired with two industry groups in an anti-competitive scheme to reduce the supply of egg-laying hens and inflate commodity prices for grocery stores.
The jurors shot down arguments from a dozen major grocery chains, including Kroger Co. and Giant Eagle Inc., that egg producer Rose Acre Farms Inc. participated in an industrywide conspiracy hatched by the United Egg Producers to give egg-laying hens extra cage space as a pretext to reduce the supply of eggs and raise prices.
The panel spent about a day and a half...
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