J.E. Lawrence and Company
is currently managing client claims in the following class action settlements.

J.E. Lawrence and Company specializes in
managing client claims in class action settlements.

MasterCard and Visa is the largest class action settlement in US history

A major national settlement affecting
Individuals, companies and
their employees

Domestic Airline Antitrust Litigation

Pork Direct Purchaser Antitrust Litigation

Chicken Indirect Purchaser Antitrust Litigation

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Claims Recovery Current Cases

The following is an overview of the current class action 
settlements we’re working on. To learn if you may have a claim in one or
more of these cases, please contact us immediately to
discuss your claim and how to authorize JEL to manage your claim on your behalf.

BlueCross BlueShield

A major national settlement affecting Individuals, companies and their employees.

Settlement: $1.9 Billion

Defendants:

• The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (“BCBSA”)

• Settling Individual Blue Plans

Background:

Plaintiffs allege that Settling Defendants violated antitrust laws by entering into an agreement not to compete with each other in selling health insurance and administration of Commercial Health Benefit Products in the United States and Puerto Rico, as well as agreeing to other means of limiting competition in the market for health insurance and administration of Commercial Health Benefit Products. Settling Defendants deny all allegations of wrongdoing and assert that their conduct results in lower healthcare costs and greater access to care for their customers.

Who Is Eligible?

Individuals, Insured Groups (and their employees) or Self-Funded Accounts (and their employees) that purchased or were enrolled in a Blue Cross or Blue Shield (BCBS) health insurance or administrative services plan during one of the two Settlement Class Periods. The Settlement Class Period for Individuals and Insured Groups (and their employees) is from February 7, 2008, through October 16, 2020. The Settlement Class Period for Self-Funded Accounts (and their employees) is from September 1, 2015 through October 16, 2020. Dependents, beneficiaries (including minors), and non-employees are NOT eligible to receive payment.

Visa and MasterCard

MasterCard/Visa is the largest class action
settlement in US history. Don’t miss out!

Settlement: $5.56 to $6.26 billion

Defendants:

• The Visa network and its member banks

• The MasterCard network and its member banks

Background:

Plaintiffs allege that defendants Visa, MasterCard and their member banks have engaged in anti-competitive practices, including collusion, that artificially inflated the interchange fee that all merchants paid (and continue to pay) to accept Visa and MasterCard branded credit and debit cards. It is further alleged that interchange fees, which are neither cost-based nor negotiated between merchants and the banks with whom they deal directly, raise merchant discount fees to supra-competitive levels and have generated enormous profits for the Bank Defendants with respect to interchange fees in violation of Section 1 of the Sherman Act.

Who Is Eligible?

All persons, businesses, and other entities that have accepted Visa and/or MasterCard Credit and/or Debit Cards in the United States from approximately January 1, 2004 to January 25, 2019. This Class does not include the named Defendants, their directors, officers, or members of their families, or their co-conspirators, or the United States Government.

Note: US government entities are not eligible, but other categories such as state schools, state hospitals, and 501(c)(3) organizations are eligible as long as they have not already opted out of the litigation and they accepted visa or Mastercard during the relevant period.

 

No claim forms are available at this time, and no claim-filing deadline exists. If the Court grants
final approval and any appeals are resolved, the Court will approve a claim form and set a
claim deadline. No-cost assistance will be available from the Class Administrator and Class
Counsel during any claims-filing period. No one is required to sign up with any third-party
service in order to participate in any monetary relief. For additional information regarding the
status of the litigation, interested persons may visit www.paymentcardsettlement.com, the
Court-approved website for this case.

Domestic Airline
Antitrust Litigation

Settlement: $60 Million To Date

Defendants:

• American Airlines

• Southwest Airlines

• Delta Airlines (not yet settled)

United Airlines (not yet settled)

 

Background:

It is alleged that the four largest commercial airline passenger carriers in the United States colluded to limit capacity of domestic air passenger seats with the goal of keeping air prices artificially high within the United States, it’s territories and the District of Columbia.

Who Is Eligible?

The “Class” or “Classes” is defined to include all persons and entities that purchased air passenger transportation services for flights within the United States and its territories and the District of Columbia from any of the listed airlines or any predecessor, subsidiary or affiliate. If you purchased airline tickets during the below dates from either American Airlines or Southwest Airlines you are eligible for a refund on a percentage basis.

American Airlines, Inc.

July 1,2011 through June 14, 2018

Southwest Airlines

July 1,2011 through December 20, 2017

Delta Airlines, Inc.

TBD

United Airlines, Inc.

TBD

Pork Direct
Antitrust Litigation

Settlement: $101,864,300 To Date

Defendants:

• Settled defendants: Smithfield Foods, Inc. (“Smithfield”) and JBS USA Food Company, JBS USA Food Company Holdings, and Swift Pork Company (collectively, “JBS”) and their related or affiliated entities

 

Background:

It is alleged that Defendants and their co-conspirators participated in a conspiracy “from at least 2009 to the present to fix, raise, maintain, and stabilize the price of pork.”

Who Is Eligible?

The “Class” is defined to include all persons and entities that purchased any Pork product directly from a Pork producer for use or delivery in the United States from January 1, 2009, through January 12, 2021.

Broiler Chicken End-User Consumer Indirect Purchaser Antitrust

Settlement: $188 million To Date

Defendants:

The Defendants and co-conspirators are chicken processors in the United States. In the notice, “Settling Defendants” refers to Fieldale, George’s, Mar-Jac, Peco, Pilgrim’s, and Tyson. “Non-Settling Defendants” refers to Agri Stats, Inc., Claxton Poultry Farms, Inc.; Foster Farms, LLC and Foster Poultry Farms; Harrison Poultry, Inc., House of Raeford Farms, Inc.; JCG Foods of Alabama, LLC, JCG Foods of Georgia, LLC, Koch Foods, Inc. and Koch Meats Co., Inc.; Mountaire Farms, Inc., Mountaire Farms, LLC, and Mountaire Farms of Delaware, Inc.; Koch Foods, Inc., JCG Foods of Alabama, LLC, JCG Foods of Georgia, LLC, and Koch Meat Co., Inc.; O.K. Foods, Inc., O.K. Farms, Inc., and O.K. Industries, Inc.; Perdue Farms, Inc. and Perdue Foods LLC; Sanderson Farms, Inc., Sanderson Farms, Inc. (Foods Division), Sanderson Farms, Inc. (Processing Division) and Sanderson Farms, Inc. (Production Division); Wayne Farms, LLC; Mountaire Farms, Inc., Mountaire Farms, LLC, and Mountaire Farms of Delaware, Inc.; Foster Farms, LLC; House of Raeford Farms, Inc.; and Simmons Foods, Inc. and Simmons Prepared Foods, Inc. End-User Consumer Plaintiffs have reached Settlements with the Settling Defendants, but the End-User Consumers’ case is proceeding against the Non-Settling Defendants. Those other Non-Settling Defendants may be subject to separate settlements, judgments, or class certification orders. If applicable, you will receive a separate notice regarding the progress of the litigation and any resolution of claims against other Non-Settling Defendants.

Background:

Plaintiffs allege that alleges Defendants and their co-conspirators conspired and combined to fix, raise, maintain, and stabilize the price and supply of chicken products, as of January 1, 2009, with the intent and expected result of increasing prices of chicken products in the United States, in violation of federal and state consumer and antitrust laws. Defendants deny these allegations.

Who Is Eligible?

The “Class” is defined to include all persons and entities who indirectly purchased fresh or frozen raw chicken (defined as whole birds (with or without giblets), whole cut-up birds purchased within a package, or “white meat” parts including breasts and wings (or cuts containing a combination of these), but excluding chicken that is marketed as halal, kosher, free range, or organic) from Defendants or alleged co-conspirators for personal consumption.