While Illinois isn’t included, if you lived in and bought milk and dairy products in one of 16 states anytime over the past 13 years you could be in for some “milk money” as part of a class action lawsuit.
The class-action lawsuit alleges some dairy co-ops conspired to reduce the size of their herds to raise the price of milk.
The suits included in the lawsuit are: Arizona, California, District of Columbia, Kansas, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, Oregon, South Dakota, Tennessee, Vermont, West Virginia or Wisconsin.
There is a $52 million pool that will be divided among lawyers and every consumer who signs up. A website for filling claims says individuals could receive $45 to $70, but it also gives an example of a fixed $30 payment.
“Depends on how many people apply,” UW-Madison agricultural economist Robert Cropp, an expert witness in the case, said. “But I don’t think we’re looking at very many bucks.”
The deadline to sign up for a share of the payout is January 31 at www.boughtmilk.com. You’ll be asked to provide your name and email address and confirm which of four statements apply to you.