Ranchers To Get Docs From DOJ Meatpacking Investigation

Law360 (September 11, 2020, 5:50 PM EDT) -- A Minnesota federal court will allow cattle ranchers accusing the nation's largest meatpacking companies of colluding to drive down prices to see some documents turned over in an antitrust investigation into the industry by the U.S. Department of Justice.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Hildy Bowbeer issued an order Thursday partially lifting a lid placed on discovery in the case to allow the ranchers to obtain documents produced in response to civil investigative demands from the DOJ's Antitrust Division in June.

The ranchers asked for access to everything the meatpackers turned over, but the judge limited the request to documents deemed relevant to...

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