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Ex Grower

United States

#1 Feb 1, 2012
Has anyone even heard from the lawyers since the El Dorado case was over at the end of September? At one time, they did halfway keep us informed about what was happening. Now nothing for months. How much trouble would it be for them to send a letter to at least let us know what is going on? If they have given up, I wish they would let us know.
old chicken farmer

United States

#2 Feb 2, 2012
From what I understand, the former Pilgrim's Pride growers in the El Dorado area that were awarded a judgement in Federal court are waiting for Pilgrim's Pride to exahust their appeal process. The Farmerville area growers were the next group of former Pilgrim's Pride growers scheduled for trial. I do not have any other information regarding any of the other lawsuits involving former Pilgrim's Pride contract growers.
Silent Phone

United States

#3 Mar 14, 2012
I don't know about anyone else that has been in this mess, but the ones I have talked to are feeling abandoned. No one has heard a word from the lawyers since the trial was over. After being told all along that it was not going to cost us anything, a lot of us forked over money to "help" pay expenses. And money that most of us could not afford in the first place. Now we have not heard a word since. How much trouble would it be for them to send a letter just to let us know that they are still alive?
old chicken farmer

United States

#4 Nov 4, 2012
I noticed on the schedule for the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans that the appeal by Pilgrim's Pride in the lawsuit by the El Dorado growers is slated for oral arguments on December 3 @ 9am, or it appears to be the same lawsuit. However, instead of being listed as Shelia Adams and James Adams, et al vs. Pilgrim's Pride Corporation it is listed as Gary Heath Agerton, et al vs. Pilgrim's Pride Corporation. Has anyone heard anything concerning this from their lawyers?
old chicken farmer

United States

#5 Nov 5, 2012
Does anyone know anything in regards to the date for the appeal in the El Dorado growers' lawsuit. Is the date set for December 6 or is this another suit against Pilgrim's Pride?
Old Grower

Odessa, TX

#6 Nov 6, 2012
It is my understanding that the appeal is to be, I thought, December 5th for the ElDorado case.
old chicken farmer

United States

#7 Nov 7, 2012
It is indeed the Gary Heath Agerton, et al vs. Pilgrim's Pride Corporation that is scheduled for December 3.
old chicken farmer

United States

#8 Nov 23, 2012
Has there been any developments in the lawsuit by the Farmerville area growers or any of the other lawsuits that were filed against Pilgrim's Pride?
old chicken farmer

United States

#9 Jan 8, 2013
The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans still hasn't ruled on the El Dorado, Arkansas growers' lawsuit they won in Marshall, Texas before Judge Everingham. The oral arguments were heard on December 3, 2012 and from the sound of the questions asked by the presiding judges it was apparent it is a very conservative court. Their rulings tend to be pro-corporation according to the research I've done. The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals have had their opinions overturned by a higher court more than any appeals court in the nation.
old chicken farmer

United States

#10 Jan 31, 2013
The appeal brought by the Clinton, Ark. PPC growers was turned down by the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans. The appeal judges sided with the District Court ruling.
old chicken farmer

United States

#11 Feb 14, 2013
Has anyone heard any information concerning a ruling by the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals on the appeal by PPC in the El Dorado growers' lawsuit?
old chicken farmer

United States

#13 Jun 29, 2013
Still no word. The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans is a conservative court with most of the judges being appointed by Republican presidents. This court, being conservative, has been known to side with corporations primarily. That being said, this court has had more decisions overturned by a higher court than any other appeals court in the U.S. You can bet Pilgim's Pride lawyers are the reason this court is taking so long to reach a decision.
old grower

United States

#14 Aug 12, 2013
Anybody heard anything??? I saw in the paper Pilgrims pride closed the last remnant of the El Dorado poultry plant. Surely that means something.
old grower

United States

#15 Aug 28, 2013
Wow. How can it be right for a company to litterally destroy the livelihood of grower families that have not just lost their income but their land, business, and way of life.
Released Grower

Opa Locka, FL

#16 Aug 29, 2013
old grower wrote:
Wow. How can it be right for a company to litterally destroy the livelihood of grower families that have not just lost their income but their land, business, and way of life.
Keep voting conservative corporate hacks into office and you'll see how "right" it is.
Riverok

Newalla, OK

#17 Sep 11, 2013
Dear Ex Grower...

I can understand how you must feel after Pilgrim's Pride shut
its plant at El Dorado.

However, I don't understand why the U.S. Government paid growers who were supplying the plant. This seems like a lot of politics to me...Obama and Blanche Lincoln, Senate Ag. Com. Chair.

I don't want to be offensive but how do you justi9fy tax payers footing your operation instead of Pilgrim's Pride doing it?

Riverok
Another Ex Grower

United States

#18 Sep 12, 2013
This "ex grower" did not get a dime from the government. You or anyone else can criticize the growers all you want, but you do not know the truth and know how this has been for all of the growers. There are ex growers who have lost EVERYTHING. We are lucky, so far we have been able to hold on to our farm. It has not been easy. We scrap every month to pay our bills but so far we have. But there will not be a comfortable retirement. We are scrapping to get by. So, would you like to trade places with any of these ex growers.
Riverok

Stroud, OK

#19 Sep 16, 2013
Dear Another Ex Grower. I would not want to trade places with former grower. I regret the problems Pilgrim's Pride has caused but they should pay growers for the loss of their markets...not the tax payer.

I will say that I've known for many years what a bunch of whores the poultry companies are. They pollute our water and fight efforts to stop their pollution. I would never enter into any sort of contract with Tyson, Simmons, Cargill, or any of their ilk.

Riverok
broken down chickenwomen

Ward, AR

#20 Sep 16, 2013
Has any one heard any thing about closing down the Hope Lewisville area by the end of this Nov.Are getting a buy out for the few that is left!
old chicken farmer

United States

#21 Sep 17, 2013
The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals overturned the decision made by the District Court. In other words, the El Dorado growers have lost their case. It's over!! It is of little surprise that this case was overturned with this appeal being heard by a conservative court. Most of the judges were appointed by Republican Presidents and were known to lean toward decisions that favored corporations. Keep electing Republicans and the working man will keep getting "trickle down" on.

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