Poultry Execs Denied Acquittal Between Price-Fixing Trials

By J. Edward Moreno (January 14, 2022, 5:26 PM EST) -- A Colorado federal judge has denied acquittal bids from 10 poultry executives whose first prosecution for an alleged price-fixing conspiracy ended in a mistrial, ruling that the testimony of a former Pilgrim's Pride employee was enough to show the conspiracy existed.

U.S. District Judge Philip A. Brimmer said in a Thursday order that the U.S. Department of Justice proved the existence of a conspiracy among poultry industry companies through the testimony of Robbie Bryant, a former longtime Pilgrim's Pride employee who said he witnessed conversations among the executives that resulted in a price increase for chicken suppliers.

The order said the...

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