Bought milk? You could be eligible for cash from lawsuit settlement

Owen Stevens
January 16, 2017

The simple online claim form usually takes only 3-5 minutes. The lawsuit accuses milk producers of killing off cows, to lower the supply of milk and keep costs high.

It's part of a settlement of a class-action lawsuit alleging some dairy co-ops conspired to reduce the size of their herds to raise the price of milk.

The lawsuit accused milk producers of price-fixing and the producers settled the case for $52 million instead of going to court. "We're pleased that this settlement will return some of what consumers lost due to this massive fraud perpetrated for ill-gotten gains". The catch? You have to swear that you purchased milk or milk products (including cottage cheese, cream, cream cheese, half and half, sour cream or yogurt) at any point in the past 14 years.

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Arizona residents who bought milk or other dairy products anytime since 2003 are eligible for a cash settlement under a California-based class-action lawsuit against the dairy industry. Cheryl Leahy, General Counsel for Compassion Over Killing said, in the September 2016 news release that the problem was not only the artificially inflated price but the fact that approximately 500,000 cows were slaughtered in order to do so.

How much money you get back depends on how many people enter the pool to receive benefits?

The amount consumers will receive back does vary.

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