Peanut Shellers Roasted In Farmers' Antitrust Class Cert. Win

Law360 (December 2, 2020, 5:52 PM EST) -- A Virginia federal judge granted certification Wednesday to a group of farmers alleging three giant peanut shelling companies conspired to flatten the price of peanuts, ruling the farmers laid out a plausible case for antitrust violations and that the companies fell short in providing any strong argument against it. 

U.S. District Judge Raymond A. Jackson focused much of his ruling on an analysis of the expert report submitted by the farmers, finding that it contained "plausible evidence in support of an alleged conspiracy" between defendants Birdsong Corp., Golden Peanut Co. and Olam Peanut Shelling Co.

The judge also said the companies'...

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