This page contains information about the settlement with Defendant L&K Coffee Company, LLC ("L&K"). For information on prior settlements, including the settlements with Kroger, Safeway/Albertsons, and HIKC, please visit the Prior Settlements pages.
Important Update: The Court granted final approval to the Settlement on February 16, 2023. The Court's Final Judgment and other relevant pleadings are available on the Important Documents page.
What is the lawsuit about?
An additional Proposed Settlement has been reached in a class action lawsuit. The new settlement is with L&K Coffee Company, LLC ("L&K"). This settlement is in addition to prior settlements in the lawsuit. In the lawsuit, the Plaintiffs allege that L&K advertised, advertised, falsely designated, and/or sold coffee as originating from the Kona region in violation of the federal Lanham Act. Although L&K denies Plaintiffs’ claims for liability and damages, they have agreed to settle the class action to avoid the time and expense of continuing the lawsuit.
There are other Defendants in this lawsuit who have not reached settlements with the Plaintiffs at the time. Those Defendants not included in this Settlement or the Prior Settlements are not part of the Settlements.
What does the settlement provide?
The Proposed Settlement provides money for Settlement Class Members and requires L&K to modify the label of coffee products labeled as containing beans originating from the Kona region. 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 October 4, 2022, 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.