LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — California residents who have purchased milk at any time since 2003 are eligible to receive cash as part of a $52 million class-action settlement with major US dairy producers.
In the suit, a trade group representing about 70 percent of the US dairy industry was accused by an animal welfare group of leading a scheme to artificially inflate milk prices by slaughtering hundreds of thousands of cows.READ MORE: San Bernardino Surpasses 3K Total COVID-19 Deaths, Ventura Nears 900
The suit was settled in September, with the defendants agreeing to pay $52 million without admitting or denying wrongdoing.
The settlement entitles residents of California and 14 states, as well as the District of Columbia, to collect their share of that cash if they have purchased milk or milk products (cream, half & half, yogurt, cottage cheese, cream cheese, or sour cream) at a grocery store since 2003. Proof of purchase is not required.READ MORE: New COVID Vaccine Site Opening At USC Campus, City Working To Get Doses To Homebound Residents
Claims can be filed here.
The value of the individual payouts will depend on the number of claims filed. Individuals may receive between $5 and $20. Large-scale purchasers may receive between $140-$560, according to the website.
Claims will be paid into claimants’ online accounts such Paypal, the site says.MORE NEWS: Poll: LA County Crime Victims Feel Criminal Justice System Failed Them
The deadline to file a claim is Jan. 31.