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Hal Singer Expert Testimony - Broiler Chicken Growing Antitrust Litigation
June 6, 2024

Dr. Hal Singer’s Expert Testimony Cited as Key Evidence for Class Certification in Broiler Chicken Grower Antitrust Litigation

Dr. Hal Singer’s expert testimony has been cited as key evidence in support of certifying a class of Broiler Chicken Growers who allege that Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation and 20 other poultry processing companies engaged in a nationwide conspiracy to suppress their compensation. This ruling marks the 15th class certification based on Dr. Singer’s impact models, and the third class certification specific to monopsony (labor antitrust) cases (Cung Le, et al. v. Zuffa, LLC d/b/a Ultimate Fighting Championship, No. 2:15-cv-01045-RFB-BNW (D. Nev. 9 Aug. 2023) and Johnson v. Arizona Hosp. and Healthcare Assoc. No. CV 07-1292-PHX-SRB, 2009 WL 5031334 (D. Ariz. 14 July 2009)).

The class action lawsuit involving broiler growers centered around two antitrust claims that allegedly suppressed compensation. The broiler growers allege that the defendants and co-conspirators engaged in a  “No-Poach Agreement” to not proactively hire each other’s chicken growers, as well as an “Information Sharing Agreement” where defendants and co-conspirators allegedly communicated broiler grower pay information among themselves. In its motion certifying the proposed class and denying Defendants motion to exclude Dr. Singer’s testimony, the court found that “Singer relies on established methodologies widely used in antitrust litigation” and that “Singer’s report offers common proof—through econometric models and  economic theory—capable of demonstrating the class-wide impact.” The Plaintiffs have settled with other named defendants Tyson Foods, Perdue Foods, Koch Foods, and Sanderson Farms; leaving Pilgrim’s Pride as the lone remaining defendant in the case.

The May 2024 class certification decision for In Re: Broiler Chicken Grower Antitrust Litigation (No. II), 6:20-MD-02977-RJS-CMR (E.D. Ok Aug. 19, 2021) can be found here. Dr. Singer’s team was led by Econ One Economist Augustus Urschel.

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