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Butter and Cheese Antitrust Settlement

Settlement Structure: Claims Made

Active: Open

Case Summary:

A $220 million settlement resolves an antitrust class action alleging that Cooperatives Working Together (CWT) along with National Milk Producers Federation, Agri-Mark, Inc., Dairy Farmers of America, Inc., and Land O’Lakes, Inc. The consolidated complaint alleged that these defendants violated the Sherman Act by conspiring to limit the production of milk through premature herd retirement program. The program required dairy farmers to remove milking cows in their herds and forego a 10% incentive payment if they wanted to reenter the dairy farming business in one year, in order to eliminate competition and reduce the number of dairy farmers competing in the market, producing short- and long-term increases in the price of butter and cheese.

Docket Number:

3:13-CV-00454-NJR-GCS

Company: National Milk Producers Federation

Filing Deadline: April 23, 2021

Class Period: December 6, 2008 to July 31, 2013

Objection Deadline: March 17, 2020

Exclusion Deadline: July 30, 2018

Final Approval Hearing: April 27, 2020

Proof of Purchase:

You do not need documentation of your purchase, but without it, your award will be limited to $5.

Eligibility:

You may be eligible if you are a member of either of the two subclasses below and bought butter or cheese directly from one of the CWT members listed on page 2 of the Notice, found at https://www.butterandcheeseclassaction.com/Content/Documents/Notice.pdf:

- Butter Subclass: All persons or entities in the US who bought butter directly from one or more members of Cooperatives Working Together or their subsidiaries, between December 6, 2008 and July 31, 2013 and who did not exclude themselves from this settlement.
- Cheese Subclass: All persons or entities in the US who bought cheese directly from one or more members of Cooperatives Working Together or their subsidiaries, between December 6, 2008 and July 31, 2013 and who did not exclude themselves from this settlement.

Typical Settlement Amount:

The National Milk Producers Federation will deposit $220 million into a settlement fund, paid in installments over four years, as described in the settlement agreement. After the payment of certain costs, fees, and taxes related to the suit, the net settlement fund, including interest, will be allocated 37% to the Butter Subclass and 67% to the Cheese Subclass.

Total Settlement Amount: $220 million

Class Representative Proposed Incentive Fee:

$25,000 each

Law Firms:
Barrett Law Group PA
NastLaw LLC
Roberts Law Firm PA

Claim Form: Butter and Cheese Antitrust Settlement Claim Form

Case Name: First Impressions Salon, Inc., et al.

Settlement Website: Butter and Cheese Antitrust Settlement Website

Claims Administrator:
Epiq Class Action & Claims Solutions, Inc.

Claims Administrator Contact Information:

Butter and Cheese Class Action
P.O. Box 4290
Portland, OR 97208-4290
1-855-804-8574
info@ButterandCheeseClassAction.com
Call center hours: 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Pacific, Monday through Friday (except holidays)

Tags: Antitrust, Collusion and Price Fixing, Reducing Output