Ranchers’ Anti-Trust Suit Against Meatpackers Dismissed

 A federal judge in Minnesota has dismissed an anti-trust lawsuit brought against the nation’s largest meatpackers by R-CALF and other livestock producers, but the judge also left open the possibility for the plaintiffs to amend their complaint.

       They argued in their suit that the packers conspired to manipulate prices for fed cattle, in part by reducing slaughter numbers and cash cattle purchases, but Judge John Tunheim said in his ruling that they failed to offer any specifics.

       Judge Tunheim said the suit argued “the market did this or that,” and asked him to infer that the individual defendant companies were responsible for changes in industry-wide data simply because they make up a majority of the industry.