Four class action lawsuits filed on behalf of consumers against Aurora Dairy Corp. over the company’s sale of organic milk have been consolidated and transferred to a federal court in St. Louis. The suits allege that the Boulder, CO-based dairy misled consumers into believing that the milk they purchased was organic even though it failed to meet organic standards established by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the federal Organic Foods Production Act. As a result, consumers paid artificially high prices. The first class action suit was filed in the Eastern District of Missouri by the St. Louis-based Simon Law Firm. Two subsequent suits were filed in the District of Colorado and another was filed in the Southern District of Florida. All four were consolidated before the United States Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation. Eleven related cases have been filed since the consolidation.
On Feb. 21, the Multidistrict Litigation Panel noted that the Eastern District of Missouri was where the first action filed is pending. The panel concluded that the Eastern District of Missouri is a convenient forum and transferred all of the cases to Judge E. Richard Webber of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri. St. Louis-based Simon Law Firm handles catastrophic injury, mass tort, class action, intellectual property, consumer rights and commercial litigation cases nationwide.
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