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Chicken Price-Fixing Case Ends in Mistrial After Seven Weeks

  • Result is setback for Justice Department after yearslong probe
  • Jurors unable to reach verdict against 10 industry executives
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A federal judge in Denver declared a mistrial after jurors failed to reach a verdict in a trial of 10 current and former chicken company executives charged with fixing prices and rigging bids in the massive U.S. poultry market.

Jurors said late Thursday they were deadlocked after a seven-week trial of men who had worked at the top U.S. chicken producers, including Tyson Foods Inc., Pilgrim’s Pride Corp. and Perdue Farms LLC. They failed to reach a verdict after almost four days of deliberations.