As millions of Americans contemplate whether to fry, smoke or barbeque their chicken over the upcoming 4th of July holiday, the antitrust class action against our nation’s largest chicken producers—In Re Broiler Chicken Antitrust Litigation, No. 16-cv-8637—took a significant turn this past week, when the U.S. Department of Justice formally intervened in the multi-district private litigation originally filed in 2016.

DOJ granted leave to intervene and three-month discovery stay

The DOJ’s June 21, 2019 Motion to Intervene and Stay Discovery sought a six-month stay of both written and deposition discovery against defendants (and their current and former employees) in …