Ill. Judge Gives Early OK To $104M Deal With Chicken Cos.

By Celeste Bott (March 22, 2021, 2:06 PM EDT) -- An Illinois federal judge on Monday granted preliminary approval to a $104 million settlement with four poultry producers to resolve claims from a group of consumers who say the companies engaged in a long-term scheme to fix prices for broiler chickens.

U.S. District Judge Thomas Durkin said during a hearing Monday that the deal — which was reached with only some of the chicken producers roped into the case: Tyson Foods, Fieldale Farms, Peco Foods and George's Inc. — appeared to be fair and reasonable and was reached after hard-fought negotiations, with millions of documents exchanged and more than 100 depositions...

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