MONTGOMERY, Alabama, Posted August 26, 2005: A group of cattlemen
who challenged the legality of Tyson Fresh Meat’s
business practices saw what was once a $1 billion verdict
in their favor dissolve into $70,000 in court charges.
The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta unanimously
upheld an earlier district court decision ordering the
five cattlemen to pay Tyson’s legal expenses.
After winning their initial case and a recommended
$1.28 billion jury award, the cattlemen have lost all
subsequent appeals. The original lawsuit accused Tyson
of using illegal cattle-buying practices to help manipulate
beef prices. MORE>