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In Re: Fresh and Process Potatoes Antitrust Litigation
United States District Court for the District of Idaho Eastern Division
MDL No. 2186
KCC has completed the deficiency phase and Plaintiff Counsel has filed a motion relating to the distribution of the Settlement Fund. We expect to start the distribution phase in this matter after the court has ruled on Counsel’s motion. Please continue to visit this site for the most updated information regarding this matter.
The Court has entered the Orders Granting Final Approval of Class Action Settlement for both the Direct and Indirect Plaintiffs on December 14, 2015. Copies of those Orders can be found by accessing the Court Documents page of the Direct and Indirect Purchaser websites. Please continue to check this website for further updates. If you purchased Fresh Potatoes directly from Defendants, or certain potato growers, packers, or marketers you may be a Class Member in a proposed class action settlement. Please review the information provided on this web site and/or in the Notice.
Plaintiffs, who purchased certain Fresh Potatoes directly from Defendants (as listed below), brought a class action suit alleging that Defendants violated antitrust laws by engaging in a number of anticompetitive actions to control and restrict the supply of potatoes. Plaintiffs argued that these acts caused prices for potatoes in the United States to be higher than they would have otherwise been.
The parties (Plaintiffs and Defendants) have agreed to settle this case, instead of going to trial. The purpose of this website is to inform you about the settlement and explain your legal rights to you. If you fall within the "Settlement Classes" as defined herein, you are bound by the settlement unless you expressly excluded yourself in writing. This website provides information about the nature of the action and of your rights in connection with it. A copy of the Notice is available to review or print on the Notices tab. YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS WERE AFFECTED WHETHER OR NOT YOU ACTED. PLEASE READ THE NOTICE CAREFULLY.
The information provided on this website is not an expression by the Court of any opinion as to the merits of any of the claims or defenses asserted by either side in this case. The Notice is intended merely to advise you of the settlement and of your rights with respect to it, including, but not limited to, the right to remain a member of these Settlement Classes or to exclude yourself from them. Defendants are Albert T. Wada; Wada Farms, Inc.; Wada Family, LLC; Wada Farms Potatoes, Inc.; Wada Farms Marketing Group, LLC; Wada-Van Orden Potatoes, Inc., Pro Fresh LLC; Cedar Farms, LLC, Blaine Larsen Farms, Inc.; Cornelison Farms, Inc.; Michael Cranney d/b/a/ Cranney Farms; Driscoll Potatoes, Inc.; Idahoan Foods LLC; Kim Wahlen; KCW Farms, Inc.; Lance Funk d/b/a Lance Funk Farms; Pleasant Valley Potato, Inc.; Potandon Produce L.L.C.; Raybould Brothers Farms, LLC; Ronald D. Offutt Jr.; RD Offutt, Co.; Rigby Produce, Inc.; Snake River Plains Potatoes, Inc.; United Potato Growers of America, Inc.; United Potato Growers of Idaho, Inc.; and United II Potato Growers of Idaho, Inc., together with their past and present parents, subsidiaries and affiliates.