For Immediate Release: July 15, 2019

For R-CALF USA: Bill Bullard Phone: 406-252-2516;

For Scott+Scott: David Scott Phone: 860-531-2605;

On July 10, 2019, the Federal District Court for District of Minnesota ordered the consolidation of the various class action claims against Tyson, JBS, Cargill, and National Beef that have been filed on behalf of cattle producers and CME users. R-CALF filed the first such complaint in April, with others subsequently filing similar suits.

By the Court’s order, the R-CALF action (Civil No. 19-cv-1222 (JRT/HB)) was designated as the lead case file. The Court also appointed R-CALF’s counsel, Scott+Scott Attorneys at Law LLP (“Scott+Scott”), along with Cafferty Clobes Meriwether & Sprengel LLP (“Cafferty Clobes”), as interim lead counsel for the proposed classes of fed cattle producers and CME live cattle contract users. The consolidated case will be captioned “In Re Cattle Antitrust Litigation.”

R-CALF and the other plaintiffs filed a consolidated amended complaint today. That complaint supersedes the prior complaints filed in the consolidated actions.

The court is expected to shortly set the deadline for the Defendants to either file an answer to the consolidated complaint or move to dismiss the claim.


R-CALF USA (Ranchers-Cattlemen Action Legal Fund United Stockgrowers of America) is the largest producer-only cattle trade association in the United States. It is a national, nonprofit membership organization dedicated to ensuring the continued profitability and viability of the U.S. cattle industry. For more information, visit or call 406.252.2516.

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About Cafferty Clobes Meriwether & Sprengel LLP

Cafferty Clobes Meriwether & Sprengel LLP has significant experience representing trading firms, brokers, advisors, investors, businesses, and individuals in complex antitrust, commodities, securities, consumer and commercial litigation throughout the country from its offices in Chicago, Pennsylvania and Michigan. For additional information, visit or call 312.782.4880.