Fresh Milk Products Antitrust Litigation
July 20, 2021: Approval to Make Payments
Today the Court approved the schedule for payments! From August 27 to September 14, 2001, claimants will receive an initial notice regarding payments, including a link to frequently asked questions. Payments will then be distributed to claimants from September 20 to October 14, 2021.
July 2021: Payment Amount Update
The updated Fresh Milk Products Price-fixing Class Action payout amounts have been finalized. We received more claims than anticipated, which lowered the originally expected payout amounts on the fixed settlement fund. Individuals will receive $7.51, and entities will be receiving $210.28. We should have a schedule for payments approved by the Court soon, so please come back for updates on timing. Thank you!
April 2021: Approval to Prepare for Payment
The 9th Circuit has just upheld the Edwards v. National Milk Producers Settlement, which means preparation for claimant payments can finally begin! There are some administrative details to finalize before the date of payments can be confirmed, and we still need to wait 90 days for the appeal to become final under the U.S. Supreme Court Rules, so please check back in the near future for updates. But we are happy to get by this stage of a meritless appeal, which has needlessly delayed the distribution to the Settlement Class. You can read the 9th Circuit’s Memorandum Opinion in the “Documents” section of the website. Again, thank you for your patience!
We are STILL battling the last objector appeal in the $52M Fresh Milk Products Antitrust settlement. As of May 2020, the appeal has been fully briefed before the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and we are waiting for the Court to set a date for oral argument and then issue a decision on the appeal. According to the Court’s website, the Court has no time limit, but most cases are decided within 3 months to a year from the date of the oral argument. Unfortunately, this process can take time when objectors are involved. We are working hard to resolve this appeal so payouts to the class can begin.
We will post updates as soon as we have new information from the Court. We appreciate your patience!
The Fresh Milk Products Price-fixing Class Action payout amounts have been finalized. We received more claims than anticipated, which lowered the expected payout amounts on a fixed settlement fund. Individuals will receive $6.79, and entities will be receiving $190.13.
The appeals deadline has now passed, but unfortunately, there were 3 appeals submitted by objectors to the settlement, which means payments cannot start until those appeals are resolved. It is now in the hands of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Regrettably, the wheels of justice don’t always move at the pace we want, and objectors to a settlement can hold up payments for all class members. We are working hard to resolve the appeals so we can get payments in the hands of all claimants. We do apologize for the delays and truly appreciate your patience with this process.
We are STILL battling the last objector appeal of the three in the $52M Fresh Milk Products Antitrust settlement. Unfortunately, this process can take anywhere from 9 – 12 months when objectors are involved. We are working hard to resolve this appeal so payouts to the class can begin. We will keep you informed of new updates as we know them! For more information about the case or the payout process, please review our FAQs.
This is the official website for the Fresh Milk Price-fixing Class Action Lawsuit. On this website you will find details regarding the litigation settlement and your options. A federal court has approved the notices and forms on this site. The administrator who manages this site operates under the supervision of class counsel.
To participate in the settlement, you must have submitted a Claim Form online by January 31, 2017. Mail-in claims must have been postmarked by January 31, 2017. Additional details regarding this lawsuit may be found in the sections that follow.