If you bought chicken products in the United States over the last decade, you may be eligible to receive a payment from a $181 million class action settlement.
USA Today reports people who bought chicken from Jan. 1, 2009 through Dec. 31, 2020 from the following companies could be entitled to some money back: Fieldale Farms Corporation, George’s, Mar-Jac Poultry, Peco Foods, Pilgrim’s Pride, and Tyson Foods.
The Broiler Chicken Antitrust Litigation suit alleges the aforementioned corporations of price-fixing.
According to the settlement, those eligible to receive money from the lawsuit include “persons and entities who indirectly purchased fresh or frozen raw chicken (defined as whole birds (with or without giblets), whole cut-up birds purchased within a package, or “white meat” parts including breasts and wings (or cuts containing a combination of these), but excluding chicken that is marketed as halal, kosher, free range, or organic).”
People from the following states are eligible to file a claim: California, District of Columbia, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Rhode Island (after July 15, 2013), South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, and Wisconsin.
The total payout has not yet been determined. However, consumers are urged to check their eligibility and submit a claim online by Dec. 31, 2022, at www.overchargedforchicken.com or by calling 1-877-888-5428.