A Settlement has been reached in a class action antitrust lawsuit filed on behalf of Commercial and Institutional Indirect Purchaser Plaintiffs with Defendants JBS USA Food Company, JBS USA Food Company Holdings, Swift Pork Company, and related or affiliated entities (“JBS” or “Settling Defendants”). This Settlement only applies to Settling Defendants and does not dismiss claims against other Defendants in the case entitled In re: Pork Antitrust Litigation (Commercial and Institutional Indirect Purchaser Actions), Case No. 0:18-cv-01776 (D. Minn.)

If approved by the Court, the Settlement will resolve a lawsuit over whether JBS combined and conspired in restraint of trade, the purpose and effect of which was to suppress competition and to allow JBS and other Pork producers to charge supra-competitive prices for Pork products during the Settlement Class Period, in violation of federal and state laws. If approved, the Settlement will avoid litigation costs and risks to Commercial and Institutional Indirect Purchaser Plaintiffs and JBS and will release JBS from liability to members of the Settlement Class.

The Settlement requires JBS to pay $12,750,000. In addition to this monetary payment, JBS has agreed to provide specified cooperation in the Commercial and Institutional Indirect Purchaser Plaintiffs’ continued prosecution of the litigation. There will be no payments to the Settlement Class at this time. If you are a Settlement Class member, you will be notified later of an opportunity to file a claim.

The Court has not decided whether JBS did anything wrong, and JBS denies any wrongdoing.

Your legal rights are affected whether you act or do not act. Please read this website carefully.


Your Legal Rights and Options
Legal Rights: Deadline:
Exclude Yourself Get no settlement benefits but keep any right to file your own lawsuit or be part of any other lawsuit against JBS concerning the Released Claims. Postmarked by:
September 11, 2021
Object Write to the Court about why you do not like the Settlement. Postmarked by:
September 11, 2021
Attend a Hearing Ask to speak to the Court about the fairness of the Settlement. Notice of Appearance: Postmarked by:
September 11, 2021
Do Nothing Remain part of the Settlement and maintain the ability to participate in any monetary distribution, which may happen later. The Settlement will resolve your claims against JBS, and you will give up your rights to sue JBS about the Released Claims. You will be bound by the judgment.  

These rights and options—and the deadlines to exercise them—are explained further on the FAQ page.