First Impressions Salon, Inc., et al. v. National Milk Producers Federation, et al., Case No. 3:13-CV-00454-NJR-GCS

If you bought butter or cheese directly from a National Milk Producers Federation Cooperatives Working Together Program Member between December 6, 2008, and July 31, 2013, you could receive a payment from a $220 million settlement.

Welcome to the official website for the Butter and Cheese Class Action Lawsuit.

A $220 million settlement has been reached in a class action lawsuit brought against National Milk Producers Federation, Agri-Mark, Inc., Dairy Farmers of America, Inc., and Land O’Lakes, Inc. (collectively “Defendants”). The lawsuit claimed that an effort known as Cooperatives Working Together (CWT) operated a Herd Retirement Program that was a conspiracy to reduce milk output that violated the law. The Defendants deny doing anything wrong. The Court has not decided who is right.

The current lawsuit affects both businesses and individual consumers in the United States that purchased butter and/or cheese directly from one or more of the CWT members including the Defendants, during the period from December 6, 2008, to July 31, 2013.

A complete list of the CWT members can be found here. If you purchased cheese and/or butter directly from any of these sources, or their company stores, between December 6, 2008, to July 31, 2013, you are a Class Member.

This information is being provided to you in advance of a trial. No judge or jury has concluded that the Defendants did anything wrong. If you are a Class Member, however, you have a choice to make:


Your Legal Rights and Options in this Lawsuit
Do Nothing If you are a Class Member, you do not need to do anything at this time to be eligible to receive a payment. Once the Court has approved the Claim Form and set a deadline for Class Members to submit claims, you will be mailed a Claim Form automatically.
Register for a Claim Form

If you did not receive the Notice in the mail, and you think you are a potential Class Member, please identify yourself or your company to the Settlement Administrator as a potential Class Member by letter to the following address: Butter and Cheese Class Action, PO Box 4290, Portland, OR 97208-4290, email to: info@ButterandCheeseClassAction.com, or register here, so you can obtain a Claim Form once it is available. After the Court approves the Claim Form, a Claim Form will be mailed to you.

Object

Write to the Court about why you do not like the Settlement or any part of it, including the proposed attorneys’ fees, by March 17, 2020.

Go to a Hearing

By April 13, 2020, write to the Court to ask to speak at the Final Fairness Hearing about the Settlement.