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Third Time’s The Charm in Chicken Price Fixing Trial, DOJ Says

  • Antitrust chief plans another trial of poultry executives
  • After two mistrials, judge urges DOJ to ‘think about it’ again
Chickens Feed Inside A Barn
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The U.S.’s top antitrust enforcer, who flew from Washington to Denver at the behest of a skeptical judge, struggled to convince the court that the Justice Department will be successful in its third trial over charges of collusion in the chicken industry.

“We know that the evidence couldn’t persuade 12 people,” U.S. District Judge Philip Brimmer said at a contentious hearing Thursday, referring to previous mistrials in the case. “We’ve seen it happen twice.”