Several major restaurant chains are filing lawsuits against the nation’s largest beef packers for alleged price fixing. Five or more complaints were filed in a federal court in Florida last week. At the end of November 2022, a federal court in Minnesota combined claims brought by several major retailers against packers.

On December 20, parent companies and supply chain management companies for Arby’s, Carl’s Jr., Hardee’s, Green Burrito and Red Burrito brands, Burger King, Sonic and Whataburger filed antitrust lawsuits to the U.S. District Court. The restaurants asked for a jury trial, alleging a violation of the Sherman Act. The two largest defendants in the lawsuits are Tyson Foods and JBS USA, both of whom reported record margins in their beef businesses in 2020.

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