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Northeast Dairy Farmers Paid In Class Action Lawsuit

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Thousands of Northeast dairy farmers are receiving their share of a $50 million settlement nearly nine years after the farmers filed a class-action lawsuit against a national dairy marketing cooperative.
Dairy Farmers of America has 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 Delaware, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, and the District of Columbia.

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