Case Law Index Production Contracts

January 1, 2002 – March 1, 2011

 

This index provides a comprehensive though not necessarily exhaustive compilation of reported and unreported federal and state court decisions involving the Production Contracts that were decided between the dates listed above. The cases are listed in reverse chronological order. The “Text” link goes to the freely available Google Scholar text of the opinion. These listings are for educational purposes only, and are not a substitute for legal counsel.


 

FIRST CIRCUIT

Sleeper Farms v. Agway, Inc., 506 F.3d 98 (1st Cir. 2007) (enforcement of arbitration clause)   Text

Sleeper Farms v. Agway, Inc., 460 F. Supp. 2d 184 (D. Me. 2006)  Text

Sleeper Farms v. Agway, Inc., 211 F. Supp. 2d 197 (D. Me. 2002)(arbitration clause)  Text


 

FOURTH CIRCUIT

Griffin v. Smithfield Foods, Inc., 183 F. Supp. 2d 824 (E.D. Va. 2002)  Text


 

FIFTH CIRCUIT

In re Pilgrim’s Pride Corp., No. 08-454664 (DML), 2011 WL 771675 (Bktrcy. N.D.Tex. March 2, 2011) (allegations of PSA violations for plant closures)

Bell v. Koch Foods of Miss., LLC, No. 09-60433, 2009 WL 4885174 (5th Cir. Dec. 16, 2009) (granting arbitration on production contracts)  Text

City of Clinton v. Pilgrim’s Pride Corp., 654 F.Supp.2d 536 (N.D. Tex. 2009) (claim of favorable treatment to one contract grower; violations of state consumer protection act)  Text

Bell v. Koch Foods of Miss., LLC, No. 3:08-cv-697-WHB-LRA, 2009 WL 1259054 (S.D. Miss. May 5, 2009) (granting motion to compel arbitration on broiler grower agreements)  Text

In re Pilgrim’s Pride Corp., 403 B.R. 413 (Bankr. N.D. Tex. 2009) (debtors in possession allowed to reject certain growers’ contracts)  Text

White v. Pilgrim’s Pride Corp, No. 2-07-CV-522 (TJW), 2008 WL 4471656 (E.D. Tex. Sept. 29, 2008) (growers’ challenges to broiler contracts)

Wheeler v. Pilgrim’s Pride Corp., 536 F.3d 455 (5th Cir. 2008), reh’g en banc granted, 576 F.3d 532 (5th Cir. 2009) (growers not required to show adverse effect upon competition)  Text

Wheeler v. Pilgrim’s Pride Corp., 246 F.R.D. 532 (E.D. Tex. 2007) (class certification of anti-trust suit)

Steed v. Sanderson Farms, Inc., No. 2:05cv02146-KS-MTP, 2006 WL 2844546 (S.D. Miss. Sept. 29, 2006)  Text


 

SIXTH CIRCUIT

Sierra Club, Inc. v. Tyson Foods, Inc., 299 F. Supp. 2d 693 (W.D. Ky. 2003)(liability under CERCLA)  Text


 

EIGHTH CIRCUIT

Swift & Co. v. Elias Farms, Inc., 539 F.3d 849 (8th Cir. 2008) (breach of production contract; no breach of state consumer fraud law)  Text

Winfrey v. Simmons Foods, Inc., 495 F.3d 549 (8th Cir. July 19, 2007)  Text

Hudson v. ConAgra Poultry Co., 484 F.3d 496 (8th Cir. 2007) (enforcement of arbitration clause)  Text

Winfrey v. Simmons Foods, Inc., No. 03-2237, 2006 WL 2792166 (W.D. Ark. Sept. 30, 2006)

Winfrey v. Simmons Foods, Inc., No. 03-2237, 2006 WL 2564206 (W.D. Ark. Sept. 6, 2006)

Hecksel v. Cent. Livestock Ass’n, No. Civ. 03-2604 JRTJSM, 2005 WL 2406032 (D. Minn. Sept. 29, 2005)(cattle feeding contract)

Wiser v. Wayne Farms, 411 F.3d 923 (8th Cir. 2005)  Text

Roe v. Cargill Inc., 333 F. Supp. 2d 808 (W.D. Ark. 2004)(bad faith in production contracts)  Text

Kinkaid v. John Morrell & Co., 321 F. Supp. 2d 1090 (N.D. Iowa 2004)  Text

Overgaard v. Rock County Bd. of Comm’rs, No. Civ.A.02-601(DWF/AJB), 2003 WL 21744235 (D. Minn. July 25, 2003) (hog operation challenged)

Schoenrock v. John Morrell & Co., Nos. Civ. 03-848 JRTFLN, Civ. 03-849 JRTFLN, Civ. 03-853 JRTFLN, Civ. 03-854 JRTFLN, 2003 WL 21639161 (D. Minn. July 2, 2003)

Overgaard v. Rock County Bd. of Comm’rs, No. Civ. 02-601(DWF/AJB), 2002 WL 31924522 (D. Minn. Dec. 30, 2002)(contractor’s control over feedlot)


 

NINTH CIRCUIT

Bybee Farms LLC v. Snake River Sugar Co., 625 F.Supp.2d 1073 (E.D. Wash. Sept. 29, 2008) (breach of production contract)  Text


 

TENTH CIRCUIT

Been v. O.K. Indus., No. 08-7078, 2010 WL 3995981 (10th Cir. 2010) (affirmation of poultry producer’s liability under the Packers and Stockyards Act)  Text

Luft Farms, LLC v. W. Sugar Coop., No. 08-cv-02014-WYD-CBS, 2009 WL 426240 (D. Colo. Feb. 20, 2009) (violations of Agricultural Fair Practices Act)

Been v. O.K. Indus., Inc., No. Civ. 02-285-RAW, 2008 WL 2704470 (E.D. Okla. July 03, 2008) (denying new trial in unconscionability of production contract)  Text

Been v. O.K. Indus., Inc., 495 F.3d 1217 (10th Cir. 2007)  Text

Excel Corp. v. USDA, 397 F.3d 1285 (10th Cir. 2005)(grading and pricing under PSA)  Text

Delashaw v. Tyson Foods, Inc., 100 Fed. App’x 762 (10th Cir. 2004)

City of Tulsa v. Tyson Foods, Inc., 258 F. Supp. 2d 1263 (N.D. Okla. 2003)  Text


 

ELEVENTH CIRCUIT

Adkins v. Cagle Foods JV, LLC, 411 F.3d 1320 (11th Cir. 2005)(deception necessary for PSA violation)  Text

Mims v. Cagle Foods JV, LLC, 148 Fed. App’x 762 (11th Cir. 2005)

Wheeler v. Cagle Foods JV, LLC, 148 Fed. App’x 760 (11th Cir. 2005)

Wells v. Cal-Maine Foods, Inc., No. 5:04-CV-83 (WDO), 2005 WL 1127129 (M.D. Ga. May 12, 2005)

Pickett v. Tyson Fresh Meats, Inc., 420 F.3d 1272 (11th Cir. 2005)(PSA and Marketing Agreements)  Text

London v. Fieldale Farms Corp., 410 F.3d 1295 (11th Cir. 2005)(PSA section 202 interpreted)  Text

Pickett v. Tyson Fresh Meats, Inc., 315 F. Supp. 2d 1172 (M.D. Ala. 2004)  Text

London v. Fieldale Farms Corp., No. Civ. 2:01-CV-202-WCO, 2003 WL 23750660 (N.D. Ga. 2003)


 

ALABAMA

Goolesby v. Koch Farms, LLC, 955 So. 2d 422 (Ala. 2006)(damages calculation)  Text


 

ARKANSAS

Tyson Foods, Inc. v. Archer, 147 S.W.3d 681 (Ark. 2004)(validity of arbitration agreement)  Text

Tyson Foods, Inc. v. Davis, 66 S.W.3d 568 (Ark. 2002)(state law action against food processor)  Text


 

CALIFORNIA

Batth v. Lion Raisins, Inc., No. F051590, 2008 WL 1838134 (Cal. Ct. App. April 25, 2008) (validity of production contract)  Text


 

GEORGIA

Blockum v. Fieldale Farms Corp., 610 S.E.2d 82 (Ga. Ct. App. 2005)  Text

Blockum v. Fieldale Farms Corp., 585 S.E.2d 233 (Ga. Ct. App. 2003)  Text

Blockum v. Fieldale Farms Corp., 573 S.E.2d 36 (Ga. 2002)(action against integrator)  Text


 

IOWA

Powell v. Swine Graphics Enter., No. 00-2002, 2002 WL 180883 (Iowa Ct. App. Feb. 6, 2002)


 

LOUISIANA

Miller v. Conagra, Inc., 991 So.2d 445 (La. 2008)(breach of broiler contract)  Text

Miller v. Conagra, Inc., 970 So.2d 1268 (La. Ct. App. 2007) (breach of contract by processor)  Text


 

MINNESOTA

Cargill Inc. v. Jorgenson Farms, 719 N.W.2d 226 (Minn. Ct. App. 2006)(formation by acquiescence)  Text


 

MISSISSIPPI

Gatlin v. Sanderson Farms, Inc., 953 So. 2d 220 (Miss. 2007)(breach of contract)  Text

Tyson Breeders, Inc. v. Harrison, 940 So. 2d 230 (Miss. 2006)(Circuit and Chancery Courts’ jurisdiction)  Text

Sanderson Farms Inc. v. Ballard, 917 So. 2d 783 (Miss. 2005)(failed fraud claim)  Text

Gatlin v. Sanderson Farms, Inc., 848 So. 2d 828 (Miss. 2003)  Text


 

SOUTH DAKOTA

Consolidated Nutrition, L.C. v. IBP, Inc., 669 N.W.2d 126 (S.D. 2003)  Text