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JPML Won't Combine Suits Against Alleged Chicken Cartel

Law360 (June 11, 2018, 11:07 PM EDT) -- The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation has rejected a group of farmers’ request to combine two lawsuits accusing major chicken companies of operating a cartel to suppress the price of broiler chickens in Oklahoma federal court, saying centralization is unnecessary because a “minimal number of actions are involved.”

The panel said last week the parties in the two separate lawsuits can cooperate to avoid complications between the two antitrust suits brought by a group of broiler chicken farmers against chicken processors including Tyson Foods Inc., Perdue Farms Inc., Sanderson Farms Inc. and...
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Case Title

Haff Poultry, Inc. et al v. Tyson Foods, Inc. et al


Case Number

6:17-cv-00033

Court

Oklahoma Eastern

Nature of Suit

Anti-Trust

Judge

Robert J. Shelby

Date Filed

January 27, 2017


Case Title

Haff Poultry, Inc. et al v. Koch Foods, Inc. et al


Case Number

4:18-cv-00030

Court

North Carolina Eastern

Nature of Suit

Anti-Trust

Judge

James C. Dever, III

Date Filed

February 21, 2018


Case Title

IN RE: Broiler Chicken Grower Antitrust Litigation


Case Number

2838

Court

Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation

Nature of Suit

Date Filed

March 8, 2018

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