Chick-fil-A and Target sue chicken processors over alleged price fixing

Chick-fil-A and Target are accusing meat processors of fixing prices for the chicken they buy.The two chains filed separate lawsuits...

Posted: Dec 8, 2020 7:50 AM
Updated: Dec 8, 2020 8:58 AM

Chick-fil-A and Target are accusing meat processors of fixing prices for the chicken they buy.

The two chains filed separate lawsuits in court on Friday. Each suit names over a dozen chicken sellers. A number of them, including Tyson, Perdue and Pilgrim's Pride, appear in both cases.

Chick-fil-A said in its lawsuit that after a 2014 commitment to serve antibiotics-free chicken, meat processors colluded on prices to bid for the new business.

Chick-fil-A paid "artificially inflated prices for chicken" because of the alleged illegal price fixing, the company said in its complaint. The lawsuit says that Chick-fil-A has joined a 2016 class action suit also alleging price fixing among chicken processors. It is asking the court for an unspecified amount in damages as part of that judgment, among other things.

Target's suit didn't go into much detail, but also stated that Target has joined the 2016 class action and seeks unspecified damages.

Allegations of price-fixing have been plaguing the chicken industry for some time.

In June, executives, including Pilgrim Pride's then-CEO, were indicted for allegedly conspiring to fix prices and rig bids on "broiler chickens," which are sold to grocery stores and restaurants.

Tyson wasn't named in that indictment, but the company said at the time that it was served with a grand jury subpoena from the Department of Justice's Antitrust Division in April of last year.

With regard to Friday's lawsuits, a Tyson spokesperson said that "follow-on complaints like these are common in antitrust litigation," adding that such complaints don't alter Tyson's position that price-fixing claims are "unfounded," and that "we will continue to vigorously defend our company."

Perdue issued a similar statement with regards to both lawsuits, saying "we believe these claims are unfounded and plan to contest the merits."

Pilgrim's Pride did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Chicken is big business in the United States. The chicken sandwich has fueled sales at restaurants in recent years. America's taste for chicken has helped Chick-fil-A's incredible growth over the years.

--CNN's Clare Duffy contributed to this report.

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 497790

Reported Deaths: 9917
CountyCasesDeaths
Harrison34102530
DeSoto31839398
Hinds31837622
Jackson24314377
Rankin21881388
Lee15427234
Madison14525279
Jones13772241
Forrest13412250
Lauderdale11937314
Lowndes10934185
Lamar10470135
Pearl River9431237
Lafayette8454138
Hancock7697126
Washington7365156
Oktibbeha7111129
Monroe6727174
Warren6642176
Pontotoc6609101
Neshoba6606205
Panola6460131
Marshall6386132
Bolivar6266145
Union596094
Pike5784152
Alcorn5633101
Lincoln5417134
George491879
Scott470998
Tippah465381
Prentiss464181
Leflore4627143
Itawamba4596104
Adams4570119
Tate4546109
Copiah445191
Simpson4421116
Wayne438572
Yazoo438586
Covington427394
Marion4216107
Sunflower4215104
Coahoma4115104
Leake407787
Newton380879
Grenada3692108
Stone358464
Tishomingo356391
Attala330289
Jasper328265
Winston313191
Clay306375
Chickasaw296767
Clarke290694
Calhoun277945
Holmes266987
Smith262550
Yalobusha232647
Tallahatchie225251
Walthall217763
Greene215548
Lawrence211140
Perry204755
Amite203954
Webster201645
Noxubee185340
Montgomery179056
Jefferson Davis170642
Carroll167438
Tunica158639
Benton147438
Kemper141241
Choctaw133026
Claiborne131237
Humphreys129038
Franklin119128
Quitman106227
Wilkinson104539
Jefferson94234
Sharkey64020
Issaquena1937
Unassigned00

Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Cases: 812694

Reported Deaths: 15142
CountyCasesDeaths
Jefferson1139601904
Mobile721751321
Madison51923685
Shelby37240339
Baldwin37044538
Tuscaloosa34902599
Montgomery33919719
Lee23122240
Calhoun22125469
Morgan20620370
Etowah19739496
Marshall18238298
Houston17288405
St. Clair15897337
Cullman15297290
Limestone15178198
Elmore15038284
Lauderdale14125294
Talladega13692271
DeKalb12554258
Walker11069364
Blount10081174
Autauga9883146
Jackson9776177
Coffee9176188
Dale8856180
Colbert8781200
Tallapoosa7032195
Escambia6725127
Covington6672179
Chilton6580160
Russell624758
Franklin5927105
Chambers5558142
Marion4952126
Dallas4854199
Clarke472681
Pike4716105
Geneva4558126
Winston4461101
Lawrence4252117
Bibb421686
Barbour355374
Marengo333989
Monroe329962
Randolph324763
Butler323994
Pickens313581
Henry310565
Hale308787
Cherokee299457
Fayette290579
Washington250851
Cleburne245958
Crenshaw243375
Clay239767
Macon230662
Lamar215446
Conecuh185351
Coosa177738
Lowndes173161
Wilcox167038
Bullock151744
Perry138040
Sumter131138
Greene125544
Choctaw86627
Out of AL00
Unassigned00
Tupelo
Clear
64° wxIcon
Hi: 70° Lo: 53°
Feels Like: 64°
Columbus
Clear
61° wxIcon
Hi: 70° Lo: 55°
Feels Like: 61°
Oxford
Clear
61° wxIcon
Hi: 67° Lo: 49°
Feels Like: 61°
Starkville
Clear
61° wxIcon
Hi: 69° Lo: 53°
Feels Like: 61°
A cold front passing through our area overnight will bring into our area some of the coolest temperatures of the season so far. We will see most of the highs this weekend only in the upper 60s to lower 70s. While overnight lows will drop off down into the 40s Saturday night.
WTVA Radar
WTVA Temperatures
WTVA Severe Weather