9th Circuit revives dairy farmers’ price-fixing suit

Plaintiffs claim dairy product manufacturers’ understated prices depressed raw milk prices

The 9th Circuit ruled yesterday that a price-fixing class action lawsuit against two dairy product manufacturers can moooo-ve forward.

In 2009, four dairy farmers sued DairyAmerica and its majority owner, California Dairies Inc., claiming they understated prices of its nonfat dry milk to the U.S. Agriculture Department (USDA). The USDA uses the product prices to set prices paid to farmers under Federal Milk Marketing Orders. The plaintiffs claim the manufacturers’ false information depressed raw milk prices and caused them to lose millions of dollars between 2002 and 2007.

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