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Have you bought chicken in the last decade? You may be eligible to collect a payment

Check to see if you're eligible to receive money from the $181 million settlement.

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If you bought any chicken product in the United States from Jan. 1, 2009, through Dec. 31, 2020, you may be eligible to receive money from class action settlements totaling $181 million.

The defendants include Fieldale Farms Corporation, George's Farms, Mar-Jac Poultry, Peco Foods, Pilgrim's Pride Corporation and and Tyson Foods.

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According to the settlement notice, the corporations are accused of conspiring to stabilize the price and supply of chicken, violating federal and state consumer and antitrust laws. However, the defendants have not admitted any liability and dispute the claims.

Anyone who purchased fresh or frozen raw chicken — not including chicken marketed as halal, kosher, free range or organic — from the defendants in the following states is eligible: California, District of Columbia, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Rhode Island (after July 15, 2013), South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, and Wisconsin from Jan. 1, 2009 (except for Rhode Island, which is from July 15, 2013), to July 31, 2019, and for Pilgrim's from Jan. 1, 2009 to Dec. 31, 2020.

The United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois must approve the settlements before any money is paid.

You can find out if you are eligible by visiting: www.overchargedforchicken.com or by calling 1-877-888-5428. You can submit a claim online at www.overchargedforchicken.com.

The deadline to submit a claim is Dec. 31, 2022.