On December 8th, U.S. District Judge Tilman E. Self III denied Perdue Food LLC’s bid to dismiss claims by Roger “Dale” Parker that the company violates state and federal labor laws with policies that Parker says put an undue burden on the small farmers who raise its broiler chickens.

Caplan Cobb attorneys T. Brandon Waddell and Jarred Klorfein are representing Mr. Parker and the putative class, along with co-counsel Jamie Crooks and Alison Newman of Fairmark Partners LLP.

“This case raises serious concerns about how Perdue preys on small farmers, like our client Dale Parker, and the destructive impact Perdue’s practices can have on America’s farming communities. We are grateful that, in allowing most of Parker’s claims on behalf of a class of farmers like himself to proceed, Judge Self has recognized these farmers deserve to have their concerns aired in Court.” – Brandon Waddell, Caplan Cobb LLC

The case is Parker v. Perdue Farms Inc. et al., case number 5:22-cv-00268, in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia.

Additional coverage of the case can be found at POLITICOPRO and Law360.


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