EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill., May 31, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- The lawsuit claims that National Milk Producers Federation, Cooperatives Working Together (CWT), Dairy Farmers of America, Inc., Land O'Lakes, Inc. and Agri-Mark, Inc. (collectively "Defendants") violated the law by entering into a conspiracy to reduce milk output through a "herd retirement program," where farmers who bid to participate in the program sent their herds of milking cows to slaughter in exchange for payment, allegedly limiting the production of raw milk and driving up prices for butter and cheese. The Defendants deny that they did anything wrong. The Court has not decided who is right.
The Court decided that the Class includes all persons and entities in the United States that purchased butter and/or cheese directly from one or more Members of Defendant, Cooperatives Working Together and/or their subsidiaries, during the period from December 6, 2008 to July 31, 2013. Those that are included are called "Class Members."
A list of all the Members of Cooperatives Working Together and their subsidiaries can be found at www.ButterandCheeseClassAction.com.
Class Members must choose whether to stay in the Class. If Class Members stay in the Class, and money or benefits are obtained, those Class Members will be notified about how they can participate. Class Members will be bound by all orders and judgments of the Court, whether favorable or not, and won't be able to sue the Defendants on their own for the claims at issue in this case. Class Members who want to stay in the Class DO NOT HAVE TO DO ANYTHING NOW.
To be excluded from the lawsuit, Class Members must send a letter asking to be excluded. Instructions for making this request can be found at www.ButterandCheeseClassAction.com or by calling toll-free 855-804-8574. Class Members must mail their exclusion request postmarked on or before July 30, 2018. If excluded, Class Members cannot get any money or benefits from this lawsuit, and will not be bound by any orders or judgments in this case. If a Class Member does not request exclusion, they may (but do not have to) enter an appearance in the Court through their own counsel. Detailed information is available at www.ButterandCheeseClassAction.com and toll-free at 855-804-8574.
SOURCE United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois