Northeastern Dairy Settlement

July 22, 2024
5:09-cv-00230 US District Court, District of Vermont


The Plaintiffs brought this lawsuit against Defendants, Dean Foods Co. (“Dean”), Dairy Farmers of America, Inc. (“DFA”), Dairy Marketing Services, LLC (“DMS”). The lawsuit claims that Defendants violated federal antitrust law by engaging in anticompetitive conduct in the purchase and sale of raw Grade A milk in Order 1 and that, as a result, the prices paid to dairy farmers in Order 1 for raw Grade A milk were lower than they would otherwise have been.


The Dean Settlement Class includes all dairy farmers, whether individuals, entities, or members of cooperatives, who produced raw Grade A milk in Federal Milk Order 1 AND pooled raw Grade A milk on Federal Milk Order 1 during any time from January 1, 2002 to May 23, 2011. This includes Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Rhode Island, New Jersey, Delaware, and parts of New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia.


  • Dean Foods Co.
  • Dairy Farmers of America, Inc.
  • Dairy Marketing Services, LLC


A $30 million Settlement with Dean has been reached. The Settlement provides a financial payment to certain dairy farmers in the N​ortheast who are members of the Dean Settlement Class. Dean denies that it did anything wrong. The other Defendants have also denied that they did anything wrong. The Court has not yet heard or resolved the merits of the Plaintiffs’ claims, or determined whether the Plaintiffs’ or Defendants’ claims are true.

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