One of the country’s biggest egg producers illegally raised prices when the pandemic hit New York, raking in $ 4 million because it was charged four times higher per barrel, Attorney General Letitia James charged it in a lawsuit on Tuesday.
James claims that in March and April the prices of Hillandale Farms gouged more than 4 million barrels of eggs sold to grocery chains, US military facilities, and wholesale food distributors. Lawsuits claiming compensation for consumers.
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“As this pandemic ravaged our country, Hillandale used hardworking New Yorkers to make money for themselves,”; James said in a prepared statement.
Hillandale said in a statement that they were ready to defend against the charges in court. The company said the pandemic “caused major disruptions in every sector of the economy, including the egg industry.”
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Hillandale says eggs have historically been subject to volatile prices. “But our approach to pricing has been consistent for decades and without complaints, whether that has led to a profit or a loss, and the past few months have been no exception.”
Complaint filed in state court in New York City accusing Hillandale of raising the price of eggs sold to Stop & Shop, BJ’s Wholesale Club, affiliate supermarkets and proxy stores at the US Military Academy. at West Point, Fort Hamilton and Fort Drum. In one case, the price per dozen large eggs, whites charged at Western Beef supermarkets rose from 59 cents to $ 1.10 in January to $ 2.93 by the end of March.
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The lawsuit alleges that prices are not reflecting increased costs, but higher consumer demand during the pandemic. James’s office said it had received complaints from retail customers that the price was too high as “unreasonable” and “embarrassing”.
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The lawsuit lays out claims against Hillandale Farms Corp., Hillandale Farms East, Inc., Hillandale Farms of PA, Inc., Hillandale Farms Conn, LLC, Hillandale Farms of Delaware, Inc. and Hillandale-Gettysburg, LP