The lawsuit claims that Defendants and their Co-Conspirators unlawfully agreed and conspired to monopolize, to fix prices at suppressed levels, and to eliminate competition for the marketing, sale, and purchase of raw Grade A milk in Federal Milk Market Orders 5 and 7 (“Southeast”). This includes Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi, Louisiana, North Carolina, and South Carolina, and parts of Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.
May 1, 2012
You are a member of the Class if your farm produced Grade A milk within Orders 5 or 7 and sold that milk directly or through an agent to Defendants or alleged Co-Conspirators in Orders 5 and/or 7 any time from January 1, 2001 to the present.
Dean Foods Co.
National Dairy Holdings LP
Dairy Farmers of America, Inc.
Dairy Marketing Services, LLC
Mid-Am Capital LLC
Southern Marketing Agency, Inc.
The Kroger Co.
Prairie Farms Dairy, Inc.
Robert W. Allen
Gregg L. Engles
Michael J. McCloskey
Allen A. Meyer
Partial Settlements ($145 million)
Dean Foods has agreed to pay a total of $140 Million over four or five years into a fund that would be distributed to dairy farmers involved in the class action lawsuit. Southern Marketing Agency and James Baird have agreed to pay an additional $5 million into a settlement fund.
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