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Jury Rules in Favour of Broiler Growers

by 5m Editor
6 April 2010, at 9:14am

OKLAHOMA, US - Poultry growers have won a judgement worth $7.3 million against Tyson.

Ten Oklahoma poultry growers in McCurtain County have won a $7.3 million judgment against Tyson Foods, Inc., which the growers claimed used unethical practices, according to News on 6.

The three-week trial in McCurtain County ended on 2 April with the jury ruling for the growers. It was the first of several similar lawsuits in Idabel to come to trial against Tyson.

Tyson says it will appeal.

The growers claimed Tyson pressured them into borrowing heavily to build new chicken houses but paid less than the growers needed to break even.

News on 6 reports that Tyson employs 1,100 people in McCurtain County and said 225 contract growers raise birds for its plant in Broken Bow, and that the company is spending $29 million to upgrade that facility.