CHICAGO – Another step was taken in the ongoing poultry price-fixing litigation between Tyson Foods Inc and supermarket retailers.

Last week, US District Court Judge Thomas M. Durkin dismissed the litigation from Kroger Co., Albertsons Cos., Hy-Vee Inc., Meijer Inc., SuperValu Inc. and Publix Super Markets Inc among others. 

The recent decision is part of several cases against the poultry industry for allegedly conspiring to restrict production and inflate prices from 2008 to 2016.

Tyson has struck several settlements on price-fixing cases during 2021 but has not admitted wrongdoing. In January, the company reached a $221.5 million agreement for a broiler chicken antitrust civil lawsuit. 

For turkey production, Tyson has also settled lawsuits launched by both direct and indirect purchasers.

In August, Tyson came to an agreement for $21 million with broiler producers on similar allegations. 

During October, Tyson, Pilgrim’s Pride Corp. and Mar-Jac Poultry settled for a $93.5 million class-action suit in an indirect purchaser case dealing with price-fixing.

Another notable order came out over the weekend with Walmart proposing to dismiss all its claims against Pilgrim’s Pride regarding broiler chicken antitrust litigation.