Appellate court rules for Tyson; Ranchers must pay

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.