Future of Harrisonburg Plant Goes to Trial

VIRGINIA, US - An August trial has been set for the poultry antitrust lawsuit involving the sale of Tyson Foods' poultry processing plant in Harrisonburg to George's Inc.
calendar icon 26 May 2011
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The Justice Department's antitrust lawsuit challenging the sale of a poultry plant in Harrisonburg will go to trial in August, reports Delmarva Now.

Citing The Daily News-Record, the newspaper reports that US District Judge Glen Conrad set a trial date for 22 August on Tuesday (24 May) during a hearing in federal court in Roanoke.

The Justice Department contends that the sale of the Tyson Foods' plant to George's Inc. would reduce the number of poultry producers around Harrisonburg.

George's had asked the court to schedule the trial for early summer. The company said local poultry farmers could be harmed if the case was delayed.

Harrisonburg City Council approved a resolution on 24 May asking the Justice Department to withdraw the lawsuit.

According to Delmarva Now, State officials and members of Virginia's congressional delegation also have criticised the case.

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