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Southeast DFA settlement: Checks mailed

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“Southeast Milk” checks from the Dairy Farmers of America Inc. (DFA) lawsuit settlement were mailed on Dec. 19, according to Julia Walker, AgriVoice Enterprises, who has been following the lawsuit since July 2007.

As outlined by DairyBusiness Update in late November 2013, plaintiff attorneys Baker-Hostetler and Brewer & Terry filed a motion, Nov. 26, authorizing the payments, which had initially been agreed to in January 2013. Judge Ronnie Greer approved the motion, paving the way for payments to be sent.

According to court documents, a net settlement fund (after court-approved, standard expenses) of about $85.64 million was to be distributed on a “pro rata” basis to 6,086 eligible claimants. Walker estimates payments will average $14,000, but could range from less than $200 to tens of thousands of dollars, depending on the pounds of class-eligible milk determined per an individual claim.

Walker urged check recipients to compare the amount of their individual check to their estimated pounds of eligible milk. Recipients with questions, or those who do not receive a check and believe they are eligible, should contact the claims administrator, Rust Consulting, at 800-874-2297, or e-mail  info@southeastdairyclass.com. She also urged check recipients to contact their tax professionals.

Additional information can be found at http://www.southeastdairyclass.com/   

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