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

If you bought butter or cheese between December 6, 2008, and July 31, 2013, directly from a cooperative that was a member of CWT, a class action lawsuit may affect your rights.

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

The lawsuit claims that National Milk Producers Federation, Cooperatives Working Together (CWT), Dairy Farmers of America, Inc., Land O’Lakes, Inc. and Agri-Mark, Inc., (collectively “Defendants”) violated the law by entering into a conspiracy to reduce milk output through a “herd retirement program,” where farmers who bid to participate in the program sent their herds of milking cows to slaughter in exchange for payment, allegedly limiting the production of raw milk and driving up prices for butter and cheese. 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 and do nothing, you may be entitled to money and/or benefits that may come from a trial or a settlement of the lawsuit. But you will never be able to sue the Defendants separately over the legal claims in this lawsuit, and you will be bound by any judgment.
Ask to be Excluded

If you ask to be excluded from the lawsuit and money or benefits are later awarded, you will not be eligible to share in those. But you will keep any rights to sue the Defendants separately over any legal claims in this lawsuit that are not time-barred.

To ask to be excluded, you must submit a written request to be excluded, postmarked on or before July 30, 2018.