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June 3, 2015

In October 2012, a lawsuit was filed against Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc. on behalf of a class of independent cranberry growers as well as B pool growers within Ocean Spray. The basis of the suit is that Ocean Spray's actions in creating the B pool and then using this fruit in a concentrate "auction" is in violation of the Sherman Antitrust Act as well as Massachusetts General Laws. This practice began in 2009 and has continued since then placing the price at such a level that independent and B pool growers are suffering financially to the extent that their farms are at stake. Many growers have been in business for generations and are at risk of losing their land and livelihood. This lawsuit was filed in an effort to save these families' farms and ensure a sustainable future for the industry as a whole.

We have successfully survived a motion to dismiss and summary judgment. The case is now moving towards the discovery phase, class certification, and trial.

This site will be updated on the first business day of each month to keep class members informed of the progress of the lawsuit. Pleadings will be published here as they become available. If you are a potential member of the class, either an independent grower or B pool grower, and have questions, please direct those questions to one of the plaintiff's attorneys listed herein:

 

Fred Carleton carllaw@mycomspan.com Bandon, Oregon
Shala Kudlac kudlac.cran@gmail.com Bandon, Oregon
Manuel Hernadnez       manuel@visitbandon.com Bandon, Oregon
Norman Jackman norman.jackman@gmail.com      Cambridge, Massachusetts
Scott Hassett pshassett@yahoo.com Madison, Wisconsin
Jim Olson jolson@lawtoncates.com Madison, Wisconsin

 

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