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If You Bought Chicken in the Past 10 Years, You Could Get Some Cash Back Now

Here's how you may be eligible for a class action payout.

Have you purchased chicken from a grocery store in the past decade? If so, it's possible that you're eligible for a nice payout.

Here's why—law firms Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro and Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll announced last Friday that they reached a $181 million class-action lawsuit settlement with six major chicken producers. These include Tyson, Pilgrim's, Fieldale, George's, Mar Jac, and Peco.

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Under the Broiler Chicken Antitrust Litigation lawsuit, all six chicken processors were accused of alleged price-fixing within the poultry industry. And while a court still needs to approve the settlement later in 2021, claims are already being accepted from consumers who qualify, reports Food & Wine.

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So, who's eligible for a payout? Here's what the law firms announced:

"Members of the Settlement Class are defined as all persons and entities who indirectly purchased fresh or frozen raw chicken (defined as whole birds (with or without giblets), whole cut-up birds purchased within a package, or 'white meat' parts including breasts and wings (or cuts containing a combination of these), but excluding chicken that is marketed as halal, kosher, free-range, or organic)," as stated in the settlement.

This applies to chicken that was produced by any of the six major processors or "alleged co-conspirators" and to people who purchased it between Jan. 1, 2009, to July 31, 2019 (but until Dec. 31, 2020, exclusively for Pilgrim's), in the following areas: California, District of Columbia, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Rhode Island (starting July 15, 2013), South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, and Wisconsin.

In short, anyone who bought fresh or frozen raw chicken produced by any of the above brands and from any grocery store in the above regions over the past 10 years is likely eligible.

And if you're wondering how you'd even go about digging up old grocery store receipts from six or seven years ago, don't sweat it—no proof of purchase is required to file a claim. It's still being decided how much money consumers affected by the price-fixing would even receive from the class-action lawsuit, but if you feel inclined to file a claim you can do so at OverchargedForChicken.com. You have until Dec. 31, 2022, to file a claim!

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Cheyenne Buckingham
Cheyenne Buckingham is the news editor of <Eat This, Not That!, specializing in food and drink coverage, and breaking down the science behind the latest health studies and information. Read more