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$52M Refund for Those Who Bought Milk in 15 States, DC

The deadline to become a class member for any individual or entity who bought milk or milk products in 15 states and Washington, D.C., is Jan. 31

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    Anyone who purchased milk from a grocery store in 15 states or the District of Columbia in the last 14 years can claim part of a more-than $50 million legal settlement from the National Milk Producers Federation.

    An antitrust lawsuit alleged that members of the Cooperatives Working Together (CWT) prematurely slaughtered cows to limit production of milk and drive up prices. Created by the federation in 2003, the CWT is a group of American dairy farmers, including Dairy Farmers of American, Land O' Lakes, Dairylea Cooperative and Agri-Mark.

    According to a settlement posted on the website Bought Milk, the CWT has denied all allegations. 

    However, the $52 million settlement allows any individual or entity who resides in 15 states and Washington, D.C., who bought milk or milk products since 2003 to apply to be a class member until Jan. 31. The Bought Milk site says individuals who are eligible may receive a payment of between $10 to $20.

    Matthias Schrader, AP

    Claims can be filed here

    Along with the District of Columbia, the states included in the settlement are:

    Arizona
    California
    Kansas
    Massachusetts
    Michigan
    Missouri
    Nebraska
    Nevada
    New Hampshire
    Oregon
    South Dakota
    Tennessee
    Vermont
    West Virginia
    Wisconsin