If you purchased chicken over the last decade, you may be eligible for a settlement payment from a sweeping class-action lawsuit.
As a result, many people who purchased chicken in the United States from Jan. 1, 2009, through Dec. 31, 2020 could qualify to receive payments from what is predicted to be a $181 million settlement.
According to Fox 5, simply purchasing chicken over the past decade doesn’t fully make you eligible to receive a portion of the settlement payment, as the class-action lawsuit only impacts half of the United States. Eligible states include 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.
Furthermore, people who solely purchased chicken that was marketed as “halal, kosher, free-range or organic” will not qualify for settlement payouts. Only purchases of “fresh or frozen raw chicken, whole cut-up birds within a package” or “white meat” will be considered. According to Fox 5, the total payout from the class action lawsuit is currently still being determined, but regardless, consumers are urged to check their eligibility and submit a claim online by Dec. 31, 2022 or by calling 1-877-888-5428.