February 6, 2024
Meat processing giant JBS USA Food Co. and a presumed class of meat plant workers have settled claims of wage-fixing in a lawsuit originally filed against nearly a dozen meat producers, according to a joint notice filed Monday.
The notice did not include the terms of the settlement, which it said would come in a motion for preliminary approval of the deal, and marks yet another company agreeing to resolve the dispute before a trial. The meat plant workers sued a slew of meat processors in November 2022, alleging that they shared compensation studies and data and worked together to ensure uniform pay policies across the industry in violation of federal antitrust laws.
Perdue and workers reached a settlement in December 2022, and the workers struck a $10 million settlement with Seaboard Foods LLC in August.
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The proposed class is represented by Shana E. Scarlett, Rio S. Pierce, Steve W. Berman and Abigail D. Pershing of Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP, George F. Farah, Rebecca Chang and Matthew K. Handley of Handley Farah & Anderson PLLC, and Brent W. Johnson, Benjamin D. Brown, Daniel Silverman and Alison Deich of Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC.