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Restaurants sue major poultry processors for price inflation

Three national restaurant chains are suing major poultry processors including Tyson Foods and Pilgrim’s Pride in two anti-trust lawsuits.  

Cracker Barrel, Golden Corral and White Castle filed the suits in the US District Court of Northern Illinois seeking the return of overcharges paid on inflated poultry prices.

They claim the poultry companies agreed to artificially raise the price of chicken, coordinate bids to buyers and restrict the supply of birds sold.

The companies suspect the conspiracy has been going on since at least 2012, but the issue was not brought to attention until this month when the Department of Justice indicted poultry company executives for antitrust behavior.

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