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Consumers who purchased butter or cheese from a National Milk Producers Federation Cooperatives Working Together (CWT) program member may be eligible for compensation from a $220 million class action settlement.

Consumers who are eligible to benefit from this settlement are divided into a Butter Subclass and a Cheese Subclass.

The Butter Subclass is made up of any person or entity in the United States who purchased butter directly from a CWT member or its subsidiaries between Dec. 6, 2008, and July 31, 2013, and who did not opt out of the Class.

The Cheese Subclass is made up of any person or entity in the United States who purchased cheese directly from a CWT member or its subsidiaries between Dec. 6, 2008, and July 31, 2013, and who did not opt out of the Class.


The settlement resolves claims that the defendants — the National Milk Producers Federation, Agri-Mark Inc., Dairy Farmers of America Inc., and Land O’Lakes Inc. — attempted to limit the production of raw farm milk in order to reduce the number of dairy farmers in the market and generate short- and long-term butter and cheese price increases.

A list of all the CWT members is available on the settlement site FAQ page.

Some of the covered products also were sold to individual consumers at CWT co-op stores. A list of those stores is available here.

The $220 million settlement fund will provide payouts to Class Members, with 63 percent allocated for the Cheese Subclass and 37 percent for the Butter Subclass, after attorneys’ fees and other costs are paid.

Without providing proof of purchase, Class Members are eligible for a payout of up to $5.


The defendants have not been found guilty in court, and they deny all allegations put forth in the class action lawsuit.

The deadlines to object to or opt out of the settlement have passed.

Claim forms have been mailed to Class Members. Alternatively, an online form is available.

Anyone wishing to submit a claim form must do so by April 23, 2021.

Who’s Eligible

Consumers who are eligible to benefit from this settlement are divided into two subclasses:


  • The Butter Subclass is made up of any person or entity in the United States who purchased butter directly from a CWT member or its subsidiaries between Dec. 6, 2008, and July 31, 2013, and who did not opt out of the Class.
  • The Cheese Subclass is made up of any person or entity in the United States who purchased cheese directly from a CWT member or its subsidiaries between Dec. 6, 2008, and July 31, 2013, and who did not opt out of the Class.
Potential Award

Varies

  • Without providing proof of purchase, Class Members are eligible for a payout of up to $5.
  • Class Members also are able to file a claim with proof of purchase.
Proof of Purchase

Proof of purchase includes:

  • Receipts
  • Invoices
  • Purchase journals
  • Accounts payable journals
  • Bank statements in addition to a receipt

The  supporting documentation must show:

  • Date of purchase
  • Name, address, and telephone number of the facility that made the purchase
  • Dollar amount purchased
  • Proof of payment, including the amount paid for purchase and the date and manner of payment
  • Product description
  • Quantity purchased
Claim Form

NOTE: If you do not qualify for this settlement do NOT file a claim.

Remember: you are submitting your claim under penalty of perjury. You are also harming other eligible Class Members by submitting a fraudulent claim. If you’re unsure if you qualify, please read the FAQ section of the Settlement Administrator’s website to ensure you meet all standards (Top Class Actions is not a Settlement Administrator). If you don’t qualify for this settlement, check out our database of other open class action settlements you may be eligible for.

Claim Form Deadline

04/23/2021

Case Name

First Impressions Salon Inc., et al. v. National Milk Producers Federation, et al., Case No. 3:13-CV-00454-NJR-GCS in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois

Final Hearing

04/27/2020

Settlement Website
Claims Administrator

Butter and Cheese Class Action
P.O. Box 4290
Portland, OR 97208-4290
1-855-804-8574
info@ButterandCheeseClassAction.com

Call center hours: 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Pacific, Monday through Friday (except holidays)

Class Counsel

Don Barrett
BARRETT LAW GROUP

Dianne M. Nast
NASTLAW LLC

Michael L. Roberts
ROBERTS LAW FIRM PA

Defense Counsel

Jonathan B. Sallet
STEPTOE & JOHNSON LLP

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69 Comments

  • Carla Humes April 22, 2021

    Please add me

  • Trena Ellis April 21, 2021

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  • Patricia G Holley April 21, 2021

    Please add me.

  • Jeff Nau April 20, 2021

    Add me please

  • Kendra April 20, 2021

    Add me please.

  • Toni Geary April 20, 2021

    Add me please

  • Libby Seaver April 20, 2021

    How many people save their grocery receipts that far back? Is this advertisement for Entertainment purposes only?

    • lily April 21, 2021

      100 % agree with Libby Seaver. Ask these attorneys, Judge and administrators if they have receipts for groceries. I do not even have a day old receipt. It’s an insult to consumers. Attorneys who are using tactics to make millions for themselves and making difficult for consumers.

      This lawsuit is for direct buyers like businesses anyways. Consumers without proof will only get $5. How many millions these attorneys make. Ridiculous.

  • Rose Jackson April 20, 2021

    Add me please.

  • willie j hendricks April 20, 2021

    add me

  • willie j hendricks April 20, 2021

    add me please

  • Nadia Brundage April 20, 2021

    Add me, I often purchase Land O Lakes Butter.

  • Michael Rosa April 20, 2021

    add me

  • Debra Ferralez April 20, 2021

    Add me please.

  • Gayle Tabbi April 20, 2021

    Add me

  • ANGIE MERRY April 20, 2021

    PLEASE ADD ME

  • Patricia Schmitt April 19, 2021

    Add me, please.

  • Gina McLucas April 16, 2021

    Add me I purchase Land o Lakes cheese.

    Thank you

  • Karen Wong April 10, 2021

    Add me please.

  • Lori A Woerdehoff April 9, 2021

    Please add me

  • PATRICIA Ann HENRY April 8, 2021

    Please add me

  • Rose Stovall April 6, 2021

    Add me

  • Barb March 24, 2021

    Really,$5.00 need proof of purchase.

  • Andrea Lamping March 23, 2021

    Please add me. Thank you.

  • Tammy Nash March 22, 2021

    Add me please

  • James G Locke March 18, 2021

    Please add me.

  • Donna Clark March 18, 2021

    All I buy is land o lakes. Add me please

  • Kathy Rhine March 16, 2021

    Please add me

  • Polly S Morris March 16, 2021

    Add me

  • Elaine E Rachal March 16, 2021

    Include me.

  • daniel j deluco March 15, 2021

    please include me

  • Howard Meadows March 14, 2021

    Please add me

  • FELICIA R REDDICK March 9, 2021

    add me in

  • Elaine E Rachal March 9, 2021

    Add me. I love butter. Go thru a lot of it.

  • anthony micciulla March 7, 2021

    Please add me!
    We go through 1 lb of butter every two weeks.

  • CHRIS GOLDEN March 6, 2021

    please add me

  • Jeanette Pierce March 5, 2021

    Add me

  • Maryann FALLACARO March 5, 2021

    add me

  • Suzanne Goudreau March 5, 2021

    Add me please

  • Mike Boyce March 5, 2021

    Add me too.

  • MaryAnn Langford March 4, 2021

    I always buy land o lakes butter, please include me

  • Polly lever March 4, 2021

    Add me, please

  • Kim Bouder March 4, 2021

    Please add me.

  • Traci Kennedy March 4, 2021

    My family eats tons of butter/cheese. Please add me, thank you.

  • L. Robert Jellinek March 4, 2021

    Add me please.

  • Brenda Engle March 4, 2021

    Please add me; my family eats tons of butter/cheese. thanks, Bengle

  • Deloris Morgan March 4, 2021

    Add me don’t have purchased receipts but purchased land o’Lakes butter

  • Shirley Hood March 4, 2021

    Add please. Cheese and butter are a good group!

  • Linda March 4, 2021

    Add me we always buy this spend more than $5.00

  • Patricia G Holley March 4, 2021

    Please include me.

  • Dan stafford March 4, 2021

    Add me please

    It’s not that hard to do the right thing

  • Jim Bulkowski March 4, 2021

    add me

  • Michelle March 4, 2021

    Something I buy please add me

  • Letitia Bouie March 4, 2021

    Add me

  • Samuil Packer March 4, 2021

    Add me to the list

  • Robin Shaffergaines March 4, 2021

    Add me please

  • F u March 2, 2021

    I was sent a BOOK to fill ou for a whole $5 if I am lucky gtfo

  • Karen Wong March 2, 2021

    Please add me.

  • ALLEN POLVANI February 27, 2021

    Please add me

  • Teresa February 26, 2021

    What if you directly bought their products from a grocery store? Some of their sites direct you to purchase their items based on your zip code and they list the retailers. Like if I wanted to buy Cabot butter and I go to their website and they refer me to where their products are sold. Would that count as being a class member?

  • More Documents February 26, 2021

    I am lost didnt we just fill out a claim form last year? This is in Documents Claim Forms have been mailed

    and must be submitted online or postmarked no later than April 23, 2021. I have something in Informed

    Delivery coming today.

    • K Marie February 26, 2021

      Class Members must submit a valid claim with or without documentation no later than April 23, 2021 to get payment. Claim Forms submitted or postmarked after this deadline will be deemed untimely and will not accepted. Eligible Class Members can submit one (1) of the following types of Claim Forms: This is from statement is from the settlement website.

  • Elaine E Rachal February 25, 2021

    Ditto.
    Add me.

  • Sirangam Kumar February 24, 2021

    I have been buying it occasionally, don’t have any receipts saved. Who knew what was coming. Please add me.

  • Ellen Thompson February 23, 2021

    Yes that’s really a joke. Pissed me off because I’ve brought plenty of it through the years wayyy more then 5.00 worth

  • Deloris.Morgan February 23, 2021

    I purchased Land o’Lakes butter add me

  • gina February 22, 2021

    They expect people to have receipts from 2008? What a joke. The only people getting RICH off these settlements are the attorneys. A 220 million dollar lawsuit and it only pays up to 5.00 without proof. Lmmfao!

    • Lisa February 26, 2021

      EXACTLY.

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