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Class Action Suit Alleges Companies Conspired Against Farmer Interests

On Friday, Jan. 8, a class action complaint was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois by a farmer’s widow on behalf of his estate.
In summary, the lawsuit alleges crop input manufacturers, large wholesalers and retailers have created an unfair market for farmers.
The plaintiff is Barbara Piper, the executor of the estate of her husband, Michael Piper, who died in 2017. Michael, who went by Mike, was a farmer in Mount Vernon, Ill. He grew row crops and was involved in competitive tractor pulling.
Claims include: “The existing distribution process maintains supracompetitive crop input prices by denying farmers accurate product information, including pricing information.”
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