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.

Important Update: A new settlement has been reached in this lawsuit with Defendant L&K Coffee Company, LLC ("L&K"). This page, and the links above, contain Information about the new settlement. For information on prior settlements in this lawsuit, including the settlements with Kroger, Safeway/Albertsons, and HIKC, please visit the Prior Settlements pages.

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 do the settlements 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 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 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.

YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS AND OPTIONS

Detailed information on each of the options listed below can be found in the Long Form Notice, which can be downloaded from the Important Documents page. Information about the deadlines by which to exercise each of these options can be found on the Key Dates page.

Option and Deadline
Description
DO NOTHING You do not need to do anything at this time. If you previously submitted a 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 a claim form for payment is determined.
EXCLUDE YOURSELF ("OPT OUT")
Deadline:
January 10, 2023
Remove yourself from the Settlement Class. Receive no payment. Keep your right to sue or continue to sue the New Settling Defendants for the claims in this case.
OBJECT OR COMMENT
Deadline:
January 10, 2023
Write the Court about why you do not like the Proposed Settlements.
SPEAK AT THE HEARING
Deadline:
January 10, 2023
If you submit a Notice of Appearance, you may speak to the Court about the Proposed Settlements at the Final Hearing on February 16, 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