Ranch Says Meat Co. Monopolizes Prime Cut Of Beef Market

Law360, New York (March 7, 2012, 6:45 PM EST) -- A meatpacker that sells cows used in the production of high-grade beef was sued Tuesday in Texas federal court by a cattle rancher that says the beef seller has established a monopoly for its products by enforcing contractual provisions that foreclose competition in the industry.

HeartBrand Beef Inc., which sells cows and meat of the sought-after Akaushi cattle breed, was sued by Bear Ranch LLC, which accused the company of forcing purchasers of its livestock to enter into contract agreements barring the ranchers from producing beef...
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