$53M Settlement Reached In Milk Products Class Action Lawsuit

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Santa Clara, CA: A $52 million settlement has been reached in an antitrust class action lawsuit pending against several milk producers alleging they conspired to fix milk prices.

According to the complaint, the defendants, namely National Milk Producers Federation aka Cooperatives Working Together (CWT), Dairy Farmers of America Inc., Land O’Lakes Inc., Dairylea Cooperative Inc. and Agri-Mark Inc., participated in an agreement to prematurely slaughter the dairy cows in their herds and, as of Apr. 1, 2009, they agreed not to re-enter the dairy farming business for at least one year.

“The principle purpose and effect of this contract, combination and conspiracy has been to reduce the supply of milk, eliminate competition, and significantly reduce the number of dairy farmers competing in the market in order to increase the price of raw farm milk,” the lawsuit states.

Under the terms of the proposed settlement, which requires final court approval, a total of $52 million in compensation will be made available to Class Members. The actual amount of compensation each Class Member can expect to receive depends on how much milk was purchased for their household, and how many total claims are filed.

Eligible class members include consumers who purchased milk or other milk products including half & half, cream cheese, sour cream, cottage cheese, yogurt or cream, since 2003 while living in one of these states: Arizona, California, District of Columbia, Kansas, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, Oregon, South Dakota, Tennessee, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. Consumers must have bought the milk products from a grocery store or other retailer and not directly from the defendants.

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Reader Comments

Posted by
Richard Real
I love to drank milk and milk products, but i have to say the price of it is too high.Milk is good for our kids all around good health.but the price needs looking at closer

Posted by
Reynolds. Deleon
Buying. A milk. Cow. Would. Be. Cheaper ! I drink About two. Gallons. Of. Milk in two weeks

Posted by
I have purchased multiple milk and milk products

Posted by
What a disgusting class action lawsuit. In 1965 milk sold for $.65 per gallon. Applying the inflation factor of 10X to the dollar milk would sell for $6.50 per gallon if not for the efficiencies dairy producers have put in place over the years.

Just another money grab by corrupt lawyers!


Posted by
Ben Dixon
The antitrust lawsuit pending is beneficial torward the people who buy their product. Its not fair to the people to be dishonest with your product.

Posted by
Valerie Madsen
We have ALWAYS purchased many milk products..I have noticed the price increase and also notice there are fewer dairy farmers.

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