Bought milk? Deadline to claim share of $52M settlement nears

If you purchased milk or a dairy product any time between 2003 and 2011 and happened to live in one of 16 places (see full list below), you maybe be eligible for a sizable cash payout. Texas was not part of the lawsuit, but if you bought milk in one of the 15 states you may be part of the settlement.

The refund is thanks to a class-action lawsuit settlement over price-fixing. It is expected individuals will receive $5 to $20 once the settlement is finalized.

Anyone who bought any milk product, at any grocery store or retailer since 2003 is eligible.

You have until January 31 to file a claim.

So, why are we getting money for simply buying milk, anyway?

Court documents show four major milk producers - who produce 70 percent of the nation's milk - killed 500,000 cows to increase milk prices and reduce the milk supply. Claims can be mailed to Fresh Milk Products Antitrust Litigation PO BOX 43430, Providence, and Rhode Island 02940.

Meat eaters, on the other hand, feel if all the world made a decision to stop eating animal products, entire farm livestock species would eventually become endangered and ultimately, found only in zoos or become extinct. You don't have to submit proof of purchase, but you are under penalty of perjury, of course.

According to the settlement, "Defendants deny any wrongdoing or liability for the claims alleged", and no remaining money will be returned to them. They say the claim process is easy and takes only a few minutes.

  • Joanne Flowers