Washington v. Tyson Foods, Inc.
April 28, 2023
Plaintiff state filed a lawsuit against 19 chicken producers accusing them of a wide-ranging illegal conspiracy to inflate and manipulate prices, rig contract bids and coordinate industry supply reductions to maximize profits. The defendants account for approximately 95 percent of the broiler chickens sold in the United States. The complaint asserts their conduct violates the…
West Virginia ex rel. McGraw v. Wampler Foods, Inc., No. 99-C-10 (Cir. Ct. Hardy Cty. 1999)
October 9, 2020
The State brought an action claiming Wampler was using its monopsonistic power to control the prices paid to farmers raising chickens for it. Farmers had no other buyer for the chickens they raised other than Wampler. The Court dismissed the action finding that Wampler had not engaged in any exclusionary conduct.