Dairy Farmers Pursue Antitrust Violations

On May 13, 2016, the United States District Court for the District of Vermont (Reiss, J.) will conduct a fairness hearing on the 2015 proposed class action settlement in the matter of Allen, et. al. v. Dairy Farmers of America, Inc., et. al., 5:09-cv-230.

The class action was brought on behalf of dairy farmers in the Northeastern United States who claim that a national dairy cooperative (Dairy Farmers of America, Inc.) and its marketing affiliate (Dairy Marketing Services, LLC) violated federal antitrust laws by creating a monopsony and monopoly in the milk distribution system. Many dairy farmers believe that the proposed class action settlement is deficient and have decided to “opt out” of the class action and pursue their claims directly. NBP is proud to represent over 125 of these dairy farmers in seeking damages and injunctive relief for violation of the antitrust laws.

Update: On June 7, 2016, the United States District Court for the District of Vermont (Reiss, J.) approved a class action settlement in the matter of Allen, et. al. v. Dairy Farmers of America, Inc., et. al., 5:09-cv-230. Here is a link to a recent article about the settlement by The Boston Globe.