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*Proposed settlement reached in federal suit against George's


By Sally Voth -- svoth@nvdaily.com

HARRISONBURG -- George's Chicken Inc. and the U.S. Justice Department have reached a proposed settlement in the antitrust lawsuit brought against the chicken processor.

If accepted by a U.S. District Court judge, the settlement calls for George's putting in a freezer rated at a capacity of 5,000 pounds an hour within the next year, installing a whole leg or thigh deboning line at either George's existing Edinburg plant or its newly-acquired plant in Harrisonburg, and repairing part of the roof at the Harrisonburg facility, according to a proposed final order filed today.

It also would require that George's allow U.S. Justice Department Antitrust Division representatives to inspect its accounts and interview employees.

"The proposed settlement enhances the competitive viability and increases the production of the Harrisonburg poultry processing plant, which translates into more opportunities to grow and process poultry," Christine Varney, assistant attorney general in charge of the Department of Justice's Antitrust Division, says in a press release from the department.

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