Class Eligibility

You are a member of the class if you purchased fresh potatoes from retailers in Arizona, California, Florida, Iowa, Kansas, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont or Wisconsin (for end use and not for resale) between Oct. 14, 2004 and April 10, 2015.

Estimated Amount

$5.00

Equal share of the total pool based on the number of qualified claims

Proof of Purchase

No

Case Name

n re: Fresh and Process Potatoes Antitrust Litigation
MDL No. 2186
U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho, Eastern Division

Case Summary

This antitrust class action relates to a price-fixing conspiracy in the potato industry that resulted in consumers paying more than necessary for fresh potatoes If you purchased fresh potatoes from a retailer in Arizona, California, Florida, Iowa, Kansas, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont or Wisconsin between Oct. 14, 2004 and April 10, 2015.

The lawsuit alleges that producers conspired to reduce supply by limiting the numbers of plants planted

These are the listed defendants:

  • United Potato Growers of America Inc.;
  • United Potato Growers of Idaho Inc.;
  • Wada Farms Inc.;
  • Wada Farms Potatoes Inc.;
  • Wada Farms Marketing Group LLC;
  • Wada-Van Orden Potatoes Inc.;
  • Albert Wada;
  • Blaine Larsen Farms Inc.;
  • Blaine Larsen;
  • Potandon Produce LLC;
  • Cornelison Farm Inc.;
  • Keith Cornelison;
  • Michael Cranney d/b/a Cranney Farms;
  • Snake River Plains Potatoes Inc.;
  • Driscoll Potatoes Inc.;
  • Lance Funk d/b/a Lance Funk Farms;
  • Rigby Produce Inc.;
  • Pleasant Valley Potato Inc.;
  • Kim Wahlen;
  • Raybould Brothers Farms LLC;
  • Idahoan Foods LLC;
  • United II Potato Growers of Idaho Inc.;
  • R.D. Offutt Co.;
  • Ronald D. Offutt Jr.; and
  • Each of their corporate parents, subsidiaries, and affiliated companies.

Settlement Pool

5,500,000

Deadline

10/16/2015

Contact

Potatoes Antitrust Case Claims Administrator
c/o KCC Class Action Services
P.O. Box 30190
College Station, TX 77842-3190
1-866-888-1509
info@PotatoesIndirectPurchaseAction.com

53 responses to “Fresh Potatoes Antitrust Settlement ( AZ, CA ,FL ,IO ,KS ,MA ,MI, MN, NV, NY, NC, TN, VT & WI Only)”

  1. kevin johnson says:

    I purchased many bags of potatoes during this time period

  2. Ron says:

    What these farmers are accused of doesn’t seem any different than what the dept. of Agriculture does.

  3. carol fusina says:

    the potatoes had black spots inside

  4. Jason LaRosia says:

    i have been harmed by potato

    ADMIN – Hi Jason,

    We are terribly sorry about your situation. In this instance the settlement relates to price fixing thus the only type of damage relates to $$$.

  5. Salvatore Napolitano says:

    Fresh Potatoes Antitrust Settlement, NY

  6. Karen Johnston says:

    I did purchase several bags of these potatoes

  7. Gail Peil says:

    I purchased potoes every week.

  8. Kevin Oliver says:

    When will the greed end?

  9. Eileen Howell says:

    I buy fresh potatoes all the time.

  10. Nancy Schultz says:

    I purchase a 5 -10 pound bag of potatoes a week.My children think they have to have potatoes with every meal.

  11. Dawn Ollendick says:

    I purchased several pounds of potatoes for my house.

  12. Chris Leonardi says:

    I have purchased many pounds of potatoes for my family.

  13. Peter Showers says:

    Who has not purchased potatoes they are a staple to every ones meal. I would like to believe that 90% percent of house holds across America have a bag in their house. My house always has a bag of potatoes in it has for years.

  14. Janice Morgan says:

    I purchase 10lb bags of potatoes all the time and has so for years.

  15. phillip caster says:

    I bought a lot

  16. shelly lanenga says:

    I did purchase several bags of these potatoes for my business.

  17. zjts says:

    never mind claim form works fine now 8-19-2015

  18. lisa says:

    I have purchased many bags of potatoes.

  19. Cynthia says:

    Trying to put in claim but it will not accept my email.

    ADMIN – Hi Cynthia,

    Please contact the class action administrator to report the issue.

  20. Joshua Placa says:

    Love me a good spud, but I noticed the price was moving out of the usual peasant-food range I can afford.

  21. Noele Malone says:

    Purchased in California

  22. CatU says:

    I lived and purchased potatoes in California during the applicable dates. I have since moved to another state. On the very last section of the claim form, theres a box tittled “Certification”.
    Am I to enter my current address, or my former address where I lived in CA?

    ADMIN – Hi CatU,

    Kindly contact the class action administrator for this settlement to receive clarification.

  23. Teresa McAdams says:

    Purchased many bags in NC

  24. susan cohen says:

    purchased in Florida.

  25. Nida A. Hernaez says:

    Purchased in California

  26. Nida A. Hernaez says:

    Potatoes are part of my daily food.

  27. Coca Havannah says:

    I purchased WAY WAY over $5 worth during this time as well. *anGry eyeBrow fuRrow*

  28. Wayne Terrain says:

    Potatoes keep my digestion running. On SS I have very limited funds. It’s just wrong to charge 1cent more than what their worth.

  29. Kendall Leigh says:

    My family lives on potatoes. I purchase every time I go to the market.

  30. Denise Briggs says:

    I purchase every time I go tot he market for years and years.

  31. Madeline Culver says:

    I purchased mine in Florida several times

  32. Madeline Culver says:

    I use potatoes all the time

  33. Kim Johnson says:

    I buy Pototas every week.

  34. mary mcdonough says:

    I buy potatoes all the time.

  35. Deborah McCarley says:

    I have purchased these potatoes products on a monthly basis for over 30 years

  36. Heather zierfud says:

    I bought lots of potatoes in that time

  37. Gennie Vann says:

    I always buy potatoes and have purchased many within that time frame.

  38. R.W. Benson says:

    I have purchased these potatoes at least once per month in the time frame listed.

  39. Cintra Payton says:

    Purchase potatoes from SAMs in the big bag for with most of my dinners my family expects some type of potatoes

  40. JOANN FUJIZAWA says:

    I HAVE PURCHASED POTATOES SEVERAL TIMES WITHIN THAT TIME PERIOD.

  41. Judy Bristow says:

    When it’s grocery shopping day, potatoes are the first thing picked up in the store. The other day we purchased a bag of potatoes as soon as we got home, my husband put some on to boil. When they were done, I cut into a couple and the insides had a weird pink looking slime. Needless to say, I skipped the potatoes that night for dinner. We always have at least one bag in our home. With today’s economy it has become one of our family’s biggest food staples. I have noticed however, locally the price of potatoes are on the rise.

  42. Jean Gambill says:

    I have purchased at least one bag of potatoes

  43. aisha Hobbs says:

    I guess this explains it all. Having 3 kids potatoes are a staple food in our home. I buy these potatoes weekly. I hope my family aren’t suffering health wise without knowing behind this. Please keep me posted.

  44. Lori Connors says:

    i purchased these potatoes weekly

  45. Ron fahoome says:

    I purchased at least one bag of potatoes

  46. Jacob Zottoli says:

    Bought them a lot throughout college

  47. Ceenay Smith says:

    I purchase potatoes every week

  48. Anneta says:

    I purchase potatoes at least twice monthly, 2-10lb bags at a time.

  49. Debbie Starcher says:

    I purchased at least 4-10# bags/ month

  50. molly rousseau says:

    I purchased potatoes in a bag weekly during this time.

  51. One brow raised says:

    I live in Texas and buy potatoes regularly. I have even purchased some of the brands/manufacturers listed. Why are not ALL states eligible for this settlement?

    ADMIN – Hi One,

    Because not all states were involved in price fixing.

  52. Billy Blackmon says:

    I purchased some potatoes during this time

  53. wendy says:

    Has any one a clue about the extremly high pricesof eggs lately.

    ADMIN – Hi Wendy,

    You are very unlikely to see a class action about egg prices. The current egg situation is triggered by scarcity. Last year commercial egg producers had to cull over three million laying birds due to the flu. It will be a while before prices go down.

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