Plaintiffs Struggle to Prove Meat and Potatoes of Antitrust Case as COVID-19 Throws Market into Further Disarray

Class actions in the pork and cattle industry foreshadow probable antitrust enforcement and defense strategies against the backdrop of COVID-19, which has caused meat processing plant closures, severe disruptions to the supply chain of consumer meat, and an increase in prices at your local grocery store. According to plaintiffs’ groups and some state enforcement agencies, however, the pandemic is merely exacerbating pre-existing problems within a concentrated meat-packing industry plagued by collusion and anti-competitive behavior.

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