Morris v. Tyson
We represent a mass action of poultry growers in Western Kentucky who raise poultry for Tyson, the nation’s largest poultry company. Tyson acts as an “integrator,” controlling all of the inputs used by its poultry growers—such as the birds, feed, and medical care—as well as the processing facilities and contracts for sale. Our clients, like all of Tyson’s growers, essentially act as sharecroppers for Tyson, unable to control their own destiny and being paid under an unfair system.
We allege that both this system and Tyson’s abuse of it violate state law and the federal Packers and Stockyards Act. In particular we allege that Tyson possess anticompetitive power and has used that power to manipulate growers’ outputs and income. We have survived a motion to dismiss and are in the process of obtaining discovery.