Do You Enjoy Turkey? Class-Action Lawsuit May Provide a New Payout




When it comes to large gatherings, turkey is one of the most popular types of poultry for family gatherings and holidays. While you may have already heard about the chicken class-action lawsuit resulting from the Broiler Chicken Antitrust Litigation, you may not know that there is also a separate turkey class-action lawsuit as well.

In 2021, the law offices of Hagens Berman and Lockridge Grindal Nauen reached a settlement agreement resulting from the Wholesale Grocery Cooperative's turkey antitrust litigation. The litigation alleges that major turkey companies, subsidiaries, and processors conspired to limit the turkey supply to artificially raise prices. These alleged actions constitute a violation of federal and state antitrust laws. Recently, the law firms and companies involved in the lawsuit announced a settlement agreement of $4.6 million.

Which Turkey Companies are Involved in This Lawsuit?


According to court filings, the settlement involves the following turkey meat companies:

  • Tyson Foods

  • Tyson Fresh Meats

  • Tyson Prepared Foods

  • Hillshire Brands Corporation


In addition, there are several other companies named in the lawsuit who have not yet settled the complaint.

What Turkey Purchases are Eligible for This Lawsuit?


Customers who purchased any turkey product from one of the named turkey producers in the United States can participate in the lawsuit. The lawsuit directly references purchases made from January 2020 through January 2017.

Eligible turkey meat purchases include (but are not limited to) the following products:

  • Whole turkey

  • Turkey drums

  • Turkey breasts

  • Tenderloins

  • Turkey thighs

  • Turkey meat tails

  • Gizzards

  • Mechanically separated turkey

  • Ground turkey

  • Packaged lunch meat

  • Turkey deli meat

  • Breakfast turkey sausage

  • Turkey franks or links

  • Turkey hot dogs

  • Turkey bacon

  • Turkey corn dogs



What Information Do I Need for This Turkey Class-Action Lawsuit?


According to case details, any consumer who purchased turkey from January 2020 to January 2017 can participate in the lawsuit. Although the companies listed have already agreed to the terms, the court has scheduled a final hearing for January 6, 2022.

To simplify the signup process, the claims administrator has set up an official website at TurkeyLitigation.com. You can also contact the claims administrator by phone at 1-877-777-9637 or via email at info@TurkeyLitigation.com.

Fortunately, participants do not need proof of purchase to participant in the settlement. Instead, the signup process follows an honor system in which participants confirm on penalty of perjury that they qualify for the lawsuit. If you have concerns about meeting the qualification standards for the lawsuit, contact the claims administrator directly or review the frequently asked questions (FAQs) on TurkeyLitigation.com.

After signing up to participate, consumers have until November 22, 2021 to either object to the terms or request exclusion from the settlement class. Any participant who does not take action before this date will remain part of the overall settlement class.

How Do I Participate in Similar Class-Action Lawsuits?


Consumers eligible for class-action lawsuits usually receive postal notices via direct mail. These notices occur as the result of in-store purchase records, online shopping records, or consumer demographic assessments. In addition, the law firms involved in this settlement confirm that participants generally receive automatic notifications of future settlements unless they choose to opt out. By remaining notified of similar class-action lawsuits, you can maximize your chances of receiving compensation on purchases for which you deserve a claim.

Finally, customers who wish to participate in future consumer lawsuits can remain in contact with the standing claims administrator. In this case, the Wholesale Grocery Cooperative retained the services of Wisconsin-based A.B. Data Ltd. The A.B. Data Ltd. company is a national class-action notice provider as well as the lead claims administrator for this case. This company serves as the bridge between the law firms who work on lawsuit and the consumers who receive the settlement distribution. In addition to following up with A.B. Data Ltd. about the status of the case, you can also enroll in the newsletter at ABDataClassAction.com. Signing up ensures that consumers receive timely information on any upcoming distributions.



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