Paying 4X for Eggs? New York Attorney General Alleges Price Gouging in Lawsuit Against Egg Producer

  • New York AG Letitia James sued egg producer and wholesale distributor Hillandale Farms Corp. and related entities (collectively “Hillandale Farms”) for allegedly gouging the prices charged for eggs during the COVID-19 pandemic in violation of New York’s anti-price-gouging laws.
  • The complaint alleges, among other things, that Hillandale Farms as much as quadrupled the price of its eggs during the pandemic without a rise in costs to justify the price increase. The complaint seeks injunctive relief, an accounting for all New York sales since November 2019, restitution, disgorgement, damages, civil penalties, and attorneys’ costs.
  • Hillandale Farms denied the New York AG’s allegations in a statement saying the price of eggs, like several other commodities, has often been volatile. The statement noted that the current prices for eggs are lower than what they were in August 2019.