Dairy Farmers Of America Accused Of Milk Monopoly

Law360, New York (October 12, 2009, 9:49 AM EDT) -- Northeastern dairy farmers have filed a class action against Dairy Farmers of America Inc. alleging DFA and Dean Foods Co. have collaborated in a price-fixing scheme and have monopolized distribution of fluid milk in the Northeast.

The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Vermont, claims DFA has created a monopoly power in the milk business by tying up access to milk bottling plants in the Northeast through unlawful executive supply agreements.

This practice, the plaintiffs claim, forces independent farmers to...
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