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Northeast Dairy Farmers Paid In Class Action Lawsuit


MONTPELIER, VT (AP) – Nearly nine years after Northeast dairy farmers filed a class-action lawsuit against a national dairy marketing cooperative, thousands of farmers are receiving their checks in the $50 million settlement. Dairy Farmers of America paid an average of $4,000 to nearly 9,000 farms to settle a lawsuit that accused the marketing group of trying to drive down milk prices. The 2009 class-action lawsuit charged Dairy Farmers of America; its marketing arm, Dairy Marketing Services; and Dallas-based Dean Foods with working together to monopolize the market for raw milk in the Northeast. Dean Foods agreed to a separate $30 million settlement in 2011. The deals covered farmers in Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, eight other Northeast states, and the District of Columbia.

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