Case Law Index Production Contracts

April 15, 1947 – July 1, 2019

 

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.


SUPREME COURT

Allenberg Cotton Co. v. Pittman, 419 U.S. 20, 95 S. Ct. 260, 42 L. Ed. 2d 195 (1974) (breach of contract) Text

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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


SECOND CIRCUIT

Abeles, Inc. v. Creekstone Farms Premium Beef, LLC, No. 06-CV-3893 (JFB) (AKT), 2010 WL 446042 (E.D.N.Y. Feb. 1, 2010) (action for PSA violations) Text

Milton Abeles, Inc. v. Creekstone Farms Premium Beef, LLC, No. 06-CV-3893 (JFB)(AKT), 2009 WL 875553 (E.D. N.Y. Mar. 30, 2009) (refusal to pay is deceptive practice) Text

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THIRD CIRCUIT

Rothenberg v. H. Rothstein & Sons, 183 F.2d 524 (3d Cir. 1950) (statute of frauds) Text

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FOURTH CIRCUIT

M & M Poultry, Inc. v. Pilgrim’s Pride Corp., 281 F. Supp. 3d 610 (N.D.W. Va. 2017) (claims of PSA violation) Text

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

Philson v. Goldsboro Milling Co., No. 96-2542, 1998 WL 709324 (4th Cir. 1998) (tortious termination; breach of contract; violation of state and federal laws)

Philson v. Cold Creek Farms, Inc., 947 F. Supp. 197 (E.D. N.C. 1996) (tortious termination; breach of contract; unfair or deceptive trade practices) Text

Bunting v. Perdue, Inc., 611 F. Supp. 682 (E.D. N.C. 1985) (breach of contract; violations of the PSA) Text

S. Packaging & Storage Co. v. United States, 588 F. Supp. 532 (D.S.C. 1984) (action challenging award of contract) Text

LeRoy Dyal Co. v. Allen, 161 F.2d 152, 153 (4th Cir. 1947) (seeking damages for breach of contract) Text

 


FIFTH CIRCUIT

In re Pilgrim’s Pride Corp., 728 F.3d 457 (5th Cir. 2013) cert. denied sub nom. Agerton v. Pilgrim’s Pride Corp., 134 S. Ct. 1345, 188 L. Ed. 2d 310 (2014)(anti competitive antitrust allegation) Text

In re Pilgrim’s Pride Corp., 467 B.R. 871 (Bankr. N.D. Tex. 2012) (termination of contracts) Text

In re Pilgrim’s Pride Corp., No. 08-45664 DML, 2011 WL 1107118 (Bankr. N.D. Tex. Mar. 24, 2011)(unfair or deceptive practices to induce contract signing violating PSAText

Prestage Farms, Inc. v. Bryan Foods, Inc., No. 1:10CV32-GHD-JAD, 2011 WL 1044615, (N.D. Miss. Mar. 18, 2011)(timely payment provision) Text

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

Wheeler v. Pilgrim’s Pride Corp., 591 F.3d 355 (5th Cir. Dec. 15, 2009) (anti-competitive effect is necessary for claim under PSA) 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

Ronald A. Chisholm, Ltd. v. Am. Cold Storage, Inc., No. 3:09-CV-00808-CRS, 2013 WL 2242648 (W.D. Ky. May 21, 2013)(sell confirmations, product price and payment provision, whether PSA is unambiguous and unenforceable) Text

Terry v. Tyson Farms, Inc., 604 F.3d 272 (6th Cir. 2010) (deceptive practices under the P&S Act) Text

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

Strickler v. Pfister Associated Growers, Inc., 319 F.2d 788 (6th Cir. 1963) (breach of warranty) Text


SEVENTH CIRCUIT

In re Broiler Chicken Antitrust Litig., 290 F. Supp. 3d 772 (N.D. Ill. 2017) (action alleging violation of the Sherman Act)

In re Chi-Mar Foods, Inc., 207 B.R. 594 (Bankr. N.D. Ill. 1997) (lien rights in chapter 7 bankruptcy) Text

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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

Schumacher v. Tyson Fresh Meats, Inc., 221 F.R.D. 605 (D. S.D. 2004) (class action certified) 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)

Jackson v. Swift Eckrich, Inc., 53 F.3d 1452 (8th Cir. 1995) (alleged violation of contract and the PSA) Text

Renfro v. Swift Eckrich, Inc., 53 F.3d 1460 (8th Cir. 1995) (growing contractsText

Pavlik v. Cargill, Inc. 9 F.3d 710 (8th Cir. 1993) (turkey farmer’s claims against processor) Text

Jackson v. Swift-Eckrich, 830 F. Supp. 486 (W.D. Ark. 1993) (class action against poultry processor) Text

Jackson v. Swift-Eckrich, Inc., 836 F. Supp. 1447 (W.D. Ark. 1993) (class action against turkey processor) Text

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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

In re Altabon Foods, Inc., 998 F.2d 718 (9th Cir. 1993) (determination of extent of debtor’s trust obligations to supplier) Text

In re Roxford Foods Litig., 790 F. Supp. 987 (E.D. Cal. 1991) (“poultry grower” is entitled to statutory trust) Text


TENTH CIRCUIT

Been v. O.K. Indus., Inc., No. CIV-02-285-RAW, 2011 WL 4478766 (Aug. 16, 2011) report and recommendation adopted, No. CIV-02-285-RAW, 2011 WL 4475291 (Sept. 26, 2011)(attorneys’ fees) Text

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) Text

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) (class action against poultry producerText

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

Moundridge Milling Co. v. Cream of Wheat Corp., 105 F.2d 366 (10th Cir. 1939) (recovery of tax)

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) (class action against beef processor)  Text

Pickett v. Tyson Fresh Meats, Inc., Civ. 96-A-1103-N, 2004 WL 3712720 (M.D. Ala. March 22, 2004) (jury verdict and motion for prejudgment interest)

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

Pickett v. IBP, Inc., 197 F.R.D. 510 (M.D. Ala. 2000) (class action against beef processor) Text

Baldree v. Cargill, Inc., 758 F. Supp. 704 (M.D. Fla. 1990) (poultry growers’ action against processor) Text

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)(appeal of JNOV for termination of contract)Text

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

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

Kittle v. Conagra Poultry Co., 543 S.E.2d 411 (Ga. App. 2000) (farmer’s action against poultry company) Text

 


IOWA

Keith Smith Co. v. Bushman, 873 N.W.2d 776 (Iowa Ct. App. 2015) (action for violation of egg hatching purchasing agreement) Text

Midwest Hatchery & Poultry Farms, Inc. v. Doorenbos Poultry, Inc., 783 N.W.2d 56 (Iowa Ct. App. 2010) (action for breach of contract) Text

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


LOUISIANA

Volentine v. Raeford Farms of Louisiana, LLC, 50,698 (La. App. 2 Cir. 8/15/16) (bad faith breach of contract) Text

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


MISSOURI

Agri-Foods, Inc. v. Indus. Comm’n of Missouri, 511 S.W.2d 898 (Mo. App. 1974) (“agricultural labor” exemption under state employment security law) Text

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NEBRASKA

Meyer Nat. Foods LLC v. Greater Omaha Packing Co., 302 Neb. 509, 925 N.W.2d 39 (2019) (action for breach of contract) Text

Meyer v. Sandhills Beef, Inc., 211 Neb. 388, 318 N.W.2d 863 (1982) (recovery of debt) Text

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SOUTH DAKOTA

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

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WEST VIRGINIA

Pilgrim’s Pride Corp. v. Morris, 228 W. Va. 596, 723 S.E.2d 642 (2011) (challenging a farm exception tax) Text