Dairy Farmers of America is facing a class action lawsuit that it conspired to control the supply of raw farm milk and inflated the prices of milk and fresh dairy products in Missouri.

Dairy Farmers of America is facing a class action lawsuit that it conspired to control the supply of raw farm milk and inflated the prices of milk and fresh dairy products in Missouri.

A court in Missouri has given the go-ahead for a class action lawsuit against Dairy Farmers of America.

The class action lawsuit alleges that DFA along with co-conspirators were in violation of the Missouri Merchandising Practices Act after they sought to control the supply of raw farm milk and inflated the prices of milk and fresh dairy products.

The case, filed by two citizens on behalf of all Missouri citizens, also alleges that from 2004, DFA and its co-conspirators conspired to overcharge direct and indirect purchasers in Missouri.

A spokesperson for Dairy Farmers of America said: "We believe these claims to be without merit and have vigorously defended ourselves. We take our responsibility to our members, customers, consumers and other stakeholders seriously and believe our actions to be lawful."

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PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Angeion Group today announced that a class action lawsuit against Dairy Farmers of America, Inc. (DFA) has been certified by Judge Edith L. Messina in the Circuit Court of Jackson County, Missouri.

In granting class certification, the Court has ruled that the plaintiffs have satisfied the requirements of a class action pursuant to Missouri Supreme Court Rule 52.08. The lawsuit is Kristie Tessandori and Barbara Cusick, et al. v. Dairy Farmers of America, Inc., Case No. 1216-CV13257, Division 12.

The class action lawsuit alleges that DFA and its co-conspirators engaged in a conspiracy to control the supply of raw farm milk ("farm milk"), thereby inflating the prices of milk and fresh dairy products in violation of the Missouri Merchandising Practices Act. The lawsuit further alleges defendant and its co-conspirators agreed to and did in fact conspire and overcharge direct and indirect purchasers in Missouri, such as Plaintiffs and Class Members, by intentionally inflating the price of farm milk sold during the time period January 1, 2004 through the present (the "Class Period").  Defendant DFA denies these allegations.

The lawsuit alleges that the defendant's activities constitute an unfair practice in connection with the sale of farm milk and fresh dairy products made from farm milk in the State of Missouri. This lawsuit is brought as a class action on behalf of all persons and entities in Missouri, exclusive of Defendant and its co-conspirators, (and their respective officers, employees, agents, representatives, parent companies, subsidiaries and affiliates), that purchased farm milk and fresh dairy products indirectly from the Defendant in the State of Missouri during the Class Period.

In signing the certification order, the Court ordered that the lawsuit shall be maintained as a class action under Rule 52.08 on behalf of the Plaintiff class that includes: all Missouri citizens that indirectly purchased in Missouri milk and fresh dairy products produced or supplied by DFA primarily for personal, family or household purposes, and not for resale, at any time from January 1, 2004 to the present. Excluded from the class are governmental entities or agencies, Defendant or any of their representatives, parents, affiliates, subsidiaries, predecessors or successors in interest, and Defendant's co-conspirators. 

Original source: Angeion Group