Total settlements in litigation reaches over $217 million.

Krissa Welshans, Livestock Editor

April 3, 2024

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Mountaire Farms and Case Foods have reached a settlement in an alleged poultry industry wage-fixing lawsuit, bringing the total settlements to more than $217 million, according to newly filed court documents.

Mountaire and Case have agreed to pay $13.5 million and $8.5 million, respectively. Both companies deny any wrongdoing but agreed to settle to end the cost of further litigation. They also have agreed to cooperate with the plaintiffs in the litigation against remaining defendants.

In the lawsuit, plaintiffs allege that some of the leading poultry companies in the U.S. and two consulting companies conspired to depress compensation paid to employees in the poultry supply chain.

Plaintiffs previously reached settlements with Pilgrim’s Pride for $29 million, Simmons Foods for $12 million, George’s Inc. for $5.8 million, Peco Foods for $3 million, Cargill for $15 million, Sanderson Farms for $38.3 million, Wayne Farms for $31.5 million and Perdue Farms for $60.65 million. Webber, Meng, Sahl and Company Inc. also reached an agreement with plaintiffs to provide cooperation in the ongoing litigation.

About the Author(s)

Krissa Welshans

Livestock Editor

Krissa Welshans grew up on a crop farm and cow-calf operation in Marlette, Michigan. Welshans earned a bachelor’s degree in animal science from Michigan State University and master’s degree in public policy from New England College. She and her husband Brock run a show cattle operation in Henrietta, Texas, where they reside with their son, Wynn.

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