Chicken Growers Antitrust Litigation
In 2020, Nelson Roach and Michael L. Silverman filed an antitrust class action against Pilgrim’s Pride, Tyson Foods, Koch Foods, and other major members of the U.S. chicken-processing industry. The complaint alleged that the corporations acted as a cartel, colluding with one another and engaging in other illegal activity to reduce competition among the small farms hired by the defendants to raise poultry.
In The Meat Racket: The Secret Takeover of America’s Food Business, investigative journalist Christopher Leonard argued that the processing companies deliberately kept the chicken growers “in a state of indebted servitude, living like modern-day sharecroppers on the ragged edge of bankruptcy.”
In 2022, Tyson Foods and Koch Foods settled the claims for a total of $51.2 million. The Roach Law Firm is still engaged in active litigation with Pilgrim’s Pride and other defendants, and Roach and Silverman serve on the steering committee of In Re: Broiler Chicken Grower Antitrust Litigation, a consolidation of similar cases from around the nation.