Thursday, April 28, 2022

Poultry executives face third trial

Five poultry-company executives will face a third trial for bid-rigging and price-fixing, but five others are free.

The 10 went through two trials that ended in hung juries.

Still facing charges are former Pilgrim's Pride chief executive officers Jayson Penn and William Lovette; Claxton Poultry president Mikell Fries; Claxton vice- president Scott Brady; and Roger Austin, formerly with Pilgrim’s. 

The defendants are accused of conspiring to rig bids and prices of broiler chickens from 2012 to 2019. 

All have pleaded not guilty to the criminal charges. The lawsuit was originally filed in the summer of 2021, and the first mistrial occurred in December and the second this March.