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Award (how much your claim may be worth): You can receive a cash refund of $10 to $30 from the organic milk marketing class action lawsuit settlement if you purchased High Meadow, Kirkland, Safeway Select, O Organics, Archer Farms, Great Value and/or Wild Oats branded organic milk products.
Class Action Lawsuit Settlement Case(s): In re: Aurora Dairy Corp. Organic Milk Marketing & Sales Practices Litigation, Case No. 4:08-md-01907-ERW, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri.
Address to submit a claim form (REQUIRED):
Details:The Aurora organic milk settlement will resolve 19 separate class action lawsuits filed in 2007 after the U.S. Department of Agriculture proposed suspending or revoking Aurora’s organic milk certification after finding the company “willfully” violated 14 difference federal organic regulations, including multiple cases of non-organic cows being used to produce organic milk. The class action lawsuits were consolidated into a single case known as In re: Aurora Dairy Corp. Organic Milk Marketing & Sales Practices Litigation.
Consumers alleged in the organic milk class action lawsuit that Aurora duped them into paying more for organic milk produced by Aurora Organic Dairy by using deceptive labeling, graphics and marketing claims that depicted cows happily grazing in pastures or on farms, when in reality “the animals were living short, stressful lives being forced to produce copious quantities of milk in the kind of filthy industrial conditions that organic consumers thought they were avoiding.”
Aurora Organic Dairy denies the allegations and reminds consumers that an appeals court and district court dismissed the class action lawsuits’ claims that the milk was not organic and confirmed that Aurora’s milk was at all times properly labeled and sold as organic, and that Aurora’s milk has been certified as organic by a USDA-accredited certifying agent since 2004. The only remaining claim in the lawsuits, that the milk was deceptively marketed, is vigorously denied by the company.
Class Members of the Aurora organic milk class action lawsuit settlement include all U.S. consumers who purchased, for personal use and not for resale, organic milk, organic butter, organic cream and organic non-fat dry milk produced, processed, marketed and/or sold by Aurora Organic Dairy and its affiliates on or before September 14, 2012. These products include, but are not limited to those sold under the following brand names:
Aurora Organic Dairy’s “High Meadow” brand
Costco’s “Kirkland” brand
Safeway’s “Safeway Select” and “O Organics” brands
Target’s “Archer Farms” brand
Wal-Mart’s “Great Value” brand
Wild Oats’ “Wild Oats” brand
Class Members with or without proof of purchase can receive a one-time cash award of up to $10 from the organic milk class action settlement if they purchased between 1 and 20 units of milk. Class Members with valid proof of purchase can receive up to $15 if they purchased between 21 and 60 units, $20 if they purchased 61 to 80 units, $25 if they purchased 81 to 100 units, and $30 if they purchased 101 or more units.
The ONLY way to get a cash award from the Aurora organic milk settlement is to submit a valid Claim Form either online at www.OrganicMilkMarketingSettlement.com or to mailed to the Settlement Administrator postmarked no later than March 13, 2013.
A Final Fairness Hearing is scheduled for February 26, 2013.
Claim Forms and more information on your rights in the Aurora Organic Milk Marketing Class Action Lawsuit Settlement can be found at www.OrganicMilkMarketingSettlement.com.
Purchased From: On or before September 14, 2012
Claims must be postmarked by: 3/13/13
Settlement Administrator(s): Gilardi & Co.
Don M. Downing
GRAY, RITTER & GRAHAM P.C.
Elizabeth A. Fegan
HAGENS BERMAN SOBOL SHAPIRO LLP
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