Skip to main content

Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison has settled the lawsuit he filed against a Minnesota-based egg producer in connection to pricing its eggs excessively high in March and April 2020. 

Ellison's office alleged in its lawsuit against Sparboe Farms, which is based in Litchfield and Wayzata, that it tripled its egg prices in March 2020, the same time consumer demand for eggs skyrocketed as the COVID-19 pandemic took hold. 

The lawsuit said Sparboe Farms, which is one of the largest egg producers in the U.S., did not raise prices to recoup increased costs but rather sought "to take advantage of the increased demand for eggs due to the pandemic and profit from the crisis while it could, causing economic harm to Minnesota consumers."

The lawsuit said Sparboe made more than $3.5 million from egg sales in Minnesota that violated the terms of the executive order that prohibited raising prices on goods more than 20%. If Sparboe had charged people the average pre-pandemic price, it would have made about $1.4 million. 

The Attorney General's Office said in a news release Monday it has resolved the lawsuit against Sparboe Farms, which has agreed to donate 90,000 dozen eggs (more than 1 million eggs in total) to nonprofits in Minnesota that work to combat hunger and food insecurity. 

The terms of the consent judgment say Sparboe must donate the eggs within 18 months and the eggs must be the same quality of egg they'd sell at retail locations. 

Follow Bring Me The News on YouTube

“During the COVID-19 crisis, I used the authority granted to me by executive order to ensure that Minnesotans were protected from pandemic profiteering on food and other essential items. We are committed to holding accountable those that sought to take advantage of consumer demand for essential goods during the pandemic," Ellison said in a statement. "This resolution both holds Sparboe accountable and serves the public interest by ensuring that one million eggs are provided to Minnesotans who need them most."

The resolution with Sparboe is the second resolution of actions taken against Minnesota egg producers related to egg pricing during the COVID-19 pandemic. On April 27, 2020, Ellison's office entered into an assurance of discontinuance with Forsman Farms related to its imposition of similar egg price increases in March and April of 2020. 

Forsman Farms resolved the investigation by agreeing to re-invoice the orders that violated the executive order, the release said. 

Next Up


Charges: Teen speeding before crash that killed mother, injured her son

The teenager was driving at speeds between 72-89 mph at the time of the crash.

Northland Vapor in Moorhead, Minn.

Northland Vapor calls St. Paul regulators 'overzealous' in lawsuit over THC sales

The small Minnesota business said the lawsuit was "misleading" and "shameful."


Excelsior chocolate shop ransacked by thieves to reopen

Truffle Hill will reopen to the public on Friday.

Company agrees to changes after child workers found in MN meat plants

An investigation found children ages 13-17 working hazardous jobs at the plants.


Drinks can company to lay off almost 100 workers, close St. Paul plant

State authorities were informed of the impending closure.


Suspect in Minneapolis bar killing charged with weapons crime

The suspect has not been charged with murder in the case as of Wednesday.

snow, blowing snow

A monster storm is coming next week: What will happen?

What we know with high confidence at this point is that there will be a monster storm in the central U.S. by the early and middle part of next week.

police lights

Boy safe after kidnapping by non-custodial parent in Mankato

The search prompted the temporary shutdown of I-35 Tuesday night.


11 face charges after being found 'exploring' Fridley sewer system

A 911 caller reported seeing a group removing a manhole cover Monday night.


Man killed by St. Paul police ID'd by family, community demands answers

The man was identified as 24-year-old Howard Johnson.


Keith Ellison

Minnesota gets cut of Ford settlement over misleading ads

The $19.2 million settlement centers on Ford's C-Max hybrid and Super Duty pickup truck.

hutchinson health hospital

Hutchinson Hospital forgives $184K in medical debt following settlement

The AG's office accused the nonprofit hospital of violating a regulatory agreement.


Minnesotans will see $1.8 million in payouts from TurboTax settlement

The $141 million settlement involves all 50 states and Washington D.C.


Pool company sued by AG for allegedly scamming homeowners out of $1M-plus

According to the lawsuit, 17 Minnesota homeowners were affected by this scam.

Minnetonka Beach 1

Zillow: MN has 4 cities where the average home price is $1M or more

There are more than 480 cities in the U.S. where the average home sells for more than $1 million.

prescription medication drugs opioids pill bottle

Minnesota to receive nearly $8M in McKinsey opioid settlement

The money will go to opioid prevention and education in Minnesota.

keith ellison

MN, DOJ sue to block UnitedHealth Group's proposed acquisition

UnitedHealth Group is seeking to acquire Change Healthcare for $13 billion.

penumbra theatre company

3 Minnesota nonprofits get slice of $2.7B donated by Mackenzie Scott

The philanthropist has given away around $8 billion to nonprofits over the past year.