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The “Beef-Packing Case,” United States v. JBS
United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
Civil Action No. 1:08-CV-05992 (2008)
Brazilian-based JBS (defendant), the world’s largest beef packer, sought to acquire National Beef Packing Company, the fourth-largest beef packer in the United States. National operated three major beef-packing plants in Kansas and California. JBS had already acquired the nation’s third-largest beef packer and was in the process of acquiring its fifth-largest. If JBS acquired National, then after the merger a three-firm oligopoly—JBS, Tyson Foods, Inc., and Cargill, Inc.—would control over 80 percent of the nation’s fed-cattle packing capacity. The United States and 13 western states (plaintiffs) sued to block the proposed merger under the Clayton Act.
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