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Getting gypped by a supplier?

| Dec 9, 2020 | Business Litigation |

Business owners in Louisiana and elsewhere do what they can to obtain the products that they need for a reasonable price. They contract with suppliers they believe are honest and responsible. However, it is not uncommon for business owners, at some point, to feel they are getting gypped by a supplier. When that happens, what can they do? They may want to follow in Chick-fil-A’s footsteps.

Recently, Chick-fil-A filed a lawsuit against its chicken suppliers, accusing them of price fixing. The fast-food giant claims they paid inflated prices for chicken due to suppliers violating antitrust laws and sharing bidding information. Over a dozen poultry supply companies are named in the lawsuit. Chick-fil-A is seeking unspecified damages and legal fees.

The same poultry providers are currently in the midst of a class-action case resulting from accusations of price fixing. That lawsuit was filed four years ago, and Chick-fil-A has reportedly joined in on that case on top of filing its own claim. It is unclear when the company’s separate lawsuit will be heard in court. As of the latest report, a spokesperson for the defendants says they believed the price-fixing claims are without merit and they plan to fight.

Getting gypped by a supplier is not okay and it is not something business owners in Louisiana or elsewhere have to accept. For some, the issue may be resolved through out-of-court negotiations, but for others, filing lawsuits, just as Chick-fil-A has done, may be necessary to seek compensation for any damages sustained. An experienced business law attorney will have the ability to review the finer details of one’s case, provide options for addressing the matter, and assist one in seeking fair compensation for one’s losses.