Edwards v. National Milk Producers Federation

Case # 11-cv-04766
Case Name Edwards v. National Milk Producers Federation
Jurisdiction US District Court for N.D. CA
Summary

Plaintiffs allege that Defendants utilized anti-competative practices to artificially drive up the costs of raw milk and other products derived from the same.  These practices included enhanced voluntary herd retirements, wherein dairy farmers eliminate their herds and agree not to produce milk for a set period of time, in exchange for compensation.  This practice drives down the number of productive cattle and, by decreasing supply, increases prices for consumers.

Final Approval Date ongoing
Result
  1. Case is ongoing.
  2. Fairness Hearing set for December 16, 2016.
Dismissal of Last Appeal N/A
Attachments Docket Report.pdf
First Amended Class Action Complaint.pdf
Preliminary Approval Order.pdf
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Objection of Joshua D. Holyoak

Objectors Joshua D. Holyoak
Signers Eric M. Lightman
Attorneys Eric M. Lightman
Anna St. John
Summary
  1. Attorneys' fees are improperly calculated.
    • Actual percentage of the settlement going to fees is over 39%, which should be considered excessive.
  2. Class definition does not include a definitive end date, depriving certain class members of their Rule 23 rights.
Attachments Objection of Joshua D. Holyoak.pdf
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Objection of Christopher Andrews

Objectors Christopher Andrews
Signers Christopher Andrews
Attorneys
Summary
  1. Notice does not include crucial information for class members to assess the fairness of the settlement.
  2. Attorneys' fees are excessive and improperly calculated.
Attachments Objection of Christopher Andrews.pdf
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Objection of Ira Connor Erwin

Objectors Ira Connor Erwin
Signers Timothy R. Hanigan
Attorneys Timothy R. Hanigan
Christopher A. Bandas
Summary
  1. Settlement under-compensates class members for their damages.
  2. Attorneys' fees are excessive.
    • Lodestar multiplier is excessive.
Attachments Objection of Ira Conner Erwin.pdf
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Objection of Pamela Sweeney

Objectors Pamela Sweeney
Signers Pamela Sweeney
Attorneys
Summary
  1. Claims administration does not have adequate oversight.
  2. Attorneys' fees are excessive and improperly calculated.
Attachments Objection of Pamela Sweeney.pdf
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Objection of Tony O'Brian

Objectors Tony O'Brian
Signers Sam A. Miorelli
Attorneys Sam A. Miorelli
Grant F. Atkinson
Summary
  1. Subclasses lack adequate representation.
  2. Disclosures by class counsel lack necessary transparency for class members to evaluate the settlement.
  3. Release is overbroad.
  4. Attorneys' fees are excessive.
Attachments Objection of Tony O'Brian.pdf
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