Tyson spokesman Gary Mickelson says a federal judge has approved a preliminary settlement of a class-action lawsuit. It that suit, it was claimed that Tyson Foods had falsely advertised that the company's chickens were raised without antibiotics. Tyson had earlier agreed to pay as much as $50 to anyone who bought poultry products labeled antibiotics-free. Payments are capped at $5 million.
Consumers will have three ways to collect: use saved receipts to claim a refund of the actual purchase price up to $50; without a receipt, submit a sworn statement describing the product they purchased and receive up to $10; receive a $5 coupon toward purchase of additional Tyson products if they bought Tyson chicken at least once between June 2007 and April 2009.