Corker, et al. v. Costco Wholesale Corporation, et al.
Kona Coffee Farmers Settlement
2:19-cv-00290-RSL

Welcome to the Kona Coffee Farmers Settlement Website

If you farmed Kona coffee in the Kona District and then sold that coffee, you may be able to get benefits in a class action settlement.

This page contains information about the settlement with Defendant MNS, Limited (operating as ABC Stores) ("MNS"). For information on prior settlements, including the settlement with L&K Coffee Company, please visit the Prior Settlements pages.

What is the lawsuit about?

An additional Proposed Settlement has been reached in a class action lawsuit. The lawsuit is about the alleged mislabeling of coffee as originating from the Kona region. The new settlement is with MNS, Ltd. (operating as ABC Stores) (“MNS”). MNS denies the Plaintiffs’ allegations but has agreed to settle the class action to avoid the time and expense of continuing the lawsuit. This settlement is in addition to those for which you previously received notice.

There is one remaining defendant involved in the lawsuit, Mulvadi Corporation. However, Mulvadi filed for bankruptcy protection, which halts all proceedings against it in the lawsuit for now. The settlement with MNS does not release or dismiss any claims against Mulvadi.

What do the settlements provide?

The Proposed Settlement with MNS provides money for Settlement Class Members and requires MNS to modify its practices relating to the sales of coffee products labeled as “Kona,” or “Kona Blend.”

More information about the amounts the Settlement provides is available on the Settlement Benefits page.

Who is Included in the Settlement Class?

The Settlement Class includes all persons and entities who, between February 27, 2015, and April 25, 2023, farmed Kona coffee in the Kona District and then sold their Kona coffee. Excluded from the Settlement Class are the Settling Defendants, any Judges to whom the case is assigned, and their immediate families and staffs.

YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS AND OPTIONS

Detailed information on each of the options listed below can be found in the Long Form Notices, which can be downloaded from the Important Documents page.

Option and Deadline
Description
SUBMIT A CLAIM FORM
Deadline:
TBD
If you previously submitted a valid claim for payment in connection with the prior settlements, you will not need to re-submit your information. However, if you did not make a prior claim, you will need to submit a claim form to receive a payment in the Proposed Settlement at a later time. You will be notified when the deadline to submit your claim form for payment is determined.
EXCLUDE YOURSELF ("OPT OUT")
Deadline:
August 1, 2023

(Postmarked)
Remove yourself from the MNS Settlement Class. Receive no payment. Keep your right to sue or continue to sue MNS, Limited for the claims in this case.
OBJECT OR COMMENT
Deadline:
August 1, 2023

(Postmarked)
Write the Court about why you do not like the Proposed Settlement with MNS, Limited.
SPEAK AT THE HEARING
Deadline:
August 1, 2023

(Postmarked)
If you submitted a Notice of Appearance, you were able to speak to the Court about the Proposed Settlement with MNS, Limited at the Final Hearing on September 21, 2023.

For More Information

Visit this website often to get the most up-to-date information.

Mail
Kona Coffee Farmers Settlement Administrator
c/o JND Legal Administration
P.O. Box 91232
Seattle, WA 98111