This post is not legal advice
On June 7, a federal district judge approved a settlement in a class action involving numerous dairy farmers in the Northeast, including many Maryland producers. Dairy Farmers of America (DFA), a national dairy cooperative, has agreed to pay a $50 million settlement to northeastern dairy farmers. This settlement is on top of a $30 million dollar settlement which Dean Foods paid in late 2011. Besides monetary awards, the settlement with DFA also includes safeguards for northeastern dairy producers.
The class action was filed in early 2010 against DFA, Dairy Marketing Services (DMS), Dean Food Company, and HP Hood LLC. The suit alleged that DFA and DMS colluded with Dean Food, Hood, and others to restrict competition for Grade A milk produced, marketed, and processed in the Northeast in violation of the Sherman Antitrust Act. This class action lawsuit comes up against a similar class action suit against DFA in the Southeast.Read More