A top U.S. egg producer raised prices at the start of the pandemic, charging as much as four times more and hitting low-income families, according to a lawsuit filed by New York Attorney General Letitia James.
Hillandale Farms, one of the top five American egg producers, allegedly gouged prices on more than four million cartons sold to major grocery stores, the U.S. military and wholesale distributors. The company pocketed an estimated $4 million by unlawfully increasing prices, according to the lawsuit.
The move follow a similar complaint by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, which in April accused Cal-Maine Foods Inc., the largest egg producer in the U.S., of taking unfair advantage of the pandemic to raise prices by around 300%. Cal-Maine strongly denied the allegations back then. Hillandale didn’t immediately reply to a request for comment.
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