This page contains information about the proposed settlements with Defendants MNS, Limited (operating as ABC Stores) ("MNS") and Mulvadi Corporation ("Mulvadi"). For information on prior settlements, including the settlement with L&K Coffee Company, please visit the Prior Settlements pages.
Important Update: On November 30, 2023, the Court granted final approval to the settlement with Mulvadi. Copies of the Court's orders are available on the Important Documents page.
What is the lawsuit about?
Additional Proposed Settlements have been reached in a class action lawsuit. The lawsuit is about the alleged mislabeling of coffee as originating from the Kona region. The new settlements are with MNS, Ltd. (operating as ABC Stores) (“MNS”) and Mulvadi Corporation (“Mulvadi”). MNS and Mulvadi deny the Plaintiffs’ allegations but have agreed to settle the class action to avoid the time and expense of continuing the lawsuit. These settlements are in addition to those for which you previously received notice.
What do the settlements provide?
The Proposed Settlements provide money for Settlement Class Members, require MNS to modify their practices relating to the sales of coffee products labeled as “Kona,” or “Kona Blend.”, and require Mulvadi and its owner to modify their practices concerning the purchase, sale, and labeling of coffee products labeled as “Kona,” or “Kona Blend.”
More information about the amounts the Settlements provide 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 July 31, 2023, farmed Kona coffee in the Kona District and then sold their Kona coffee. Excluded from the Settlement Classes are the Settling Defendants, any Judges to whom the case is assigned, and their immediate families and staffs.