The deadline to register for the settlement is Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017.
The settlement is related to an antitrust lawsuit against the National Milk Producers Federation, aka Cooperatives Working Together (CWT), Dairy Farmers of America, Inc., Land O’Lakes, Inc., Dairylea Cooperative Inc., and Agri-Mark, Inc.
The group agreed to pay out $52 million to refund consumers after an antitrust lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court.
“This antitrust lawsuit alleges a nationwide conspiracy by CWT and its members to limit the production of raw farm milk by prematurely slaughtering cows, in order to illegally increase the price of milk and other fresh milk products. Defendants deny any wrongdoing or liability for the claims alleged,” reads the notice of settlement.
The settlement is available to residents in Arizona, California, the District of Columbia, Kansas, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, Oregon, South Dakota, Tennessee, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.
To file a claim, you must submit your name and email address while also confirming you’ve bought dairy products at a store since 2003 via an online form. No proof of purchase is necessary to file your claim.
Along with milk, you may be entitled to a settlement if you’ve purchased cream, half & half, yogurt, cottage cheese, cream cheese, or sour cream.
The amount awarded to each person will depend on how many people file claims. Once the claim period has ended, those who registered will be contacted on how to receive their money.
Originally, the settlement claimed that those who file could receive between $45-$70 per person, but that number has dropped to $5-$15 per person.