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Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals Sides with Chicken Growers- Denies Appeal from OK Farms

Thu, 14 Oct 2010 5:46:24 CDT

Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals Sides with Chicken Growers- Denies Appeal from OK Farms A multi million dollar judgment against OK Farms is getting close to being finalized. Yesterday, a Federal Appeals Court rejected the claims of OK Farms as they appealed the verdict against them that has set in 2008. A jury ruled that OK Farms had violated the Packers and Stockyards Act, and awarded $21 million to the chicken growers. The judge in the case later reduced the monetary award to the actual damages claimed by the plantiffs- which was $14.5 million.

The lawsuit alleged that OK Foods violated the Packers and Stockyards Act of 1921 by unfairly wielding its buying power to the detriment of the Eastern Oklahoma growers involved in the litigation.

Dr. Bob Fields, who raised chickens for OK Farms for 17 years, is one of the five named plantiffs in the Class Action Lawsuit. He tells us that he is elated with this latest ruling, but is not certain if OK Farms will attempt to appeal to the US Supreme Court or not. That is the last recourse left to the poultry integrator in this case.

Click on the LISTEN BAR to hear our audio wrapup on this story- including comments from Dr. Fields.

Click on the PDF file at the bottom of the page that is entitled "Order and Judgment" to review the Appeals Court review of the case and its decision to let the case stand, denying the OK Farms Appeal.


2010-10-13 Order and Judgment.pdf

Ron Hays reviews this case dating back more than a decade of Poultry Contract Growers Versus OK Farms
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