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The Hillandale Farms Corp. is donating 1.2 million eggs to meals banks in New York to settle a state price-gouging lawsuit.

New York Legal professional Normal Letitia James introduced the settlement Thursday, report Courthouse News Service, NBC New York and the New York Post.

The deal settles allegations that Hillandale Farms illegally raised the worth of eggs within the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic.

A press release gave an instance of the hike in costs. Hillandale Farms charged Western Beef Grocery store costs starting from $0.59 to $1.10 for a dozen massive eggs within the first few months of 2020. Hillandale Farms started elevating costs starting in March 2020, till it charged Western Beef Grocery store $2.93 per dozen.

The 1.2 million eggs—amounting to 100,000 cartons—are being distributed to hundreds of meals pantries, soup kitchens and homeless shelters.

James couldn’t resist some rooster and egg references in a press release.

“As New Yorkers scrambled to refill on meals, one of many nation’s largest egg producers raised costs to unprecedented ranges and made it more durable for New Yorkers to feed their households,” James mentioned. “Hillandale could have run afoul of our state’s value gouging legal guidelines and hatched a plan that focused our state’s most susceptible in its darkest hour. However in the present day, we’re delivering 1.2 million eggs to feed hungry New Yorkers and make issues proper.”

Hillandale Farms issued a press release revealed by the New York Submit.

“Though you will need to notice that the method to pricing commodity eggs in New York utilizing third-party knowledge supplied by Urner Barry has remained constant for many years, the decision of this matter displays Hillandale Farms’ deep concern in regards to the communities we serve,” the assertion mentioned.

“We welcomed the chance to take steps to learn New York’s most susceptible households and help ongoing starvation reduction within the state,” in line with the assertion.