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: on June 3, 2022, the Court granted final approval to the Settlements. A copy of the Court's Order is available for download from the Important Documents page.

What is the lawsuit about?

Additional settlements have been reached with certain Defendants, known as the New Settling Defendants, in a class action lawsuit. In the lawsuit, the Plaintiffs allege that the Settling Defendants falsely advertised and falsely designated coffee as originating from the Kona region in violation of the federal Lanham Act. Although the Settling Defendants deny Plaintiffs’ claims for liability and damages, they have agreed to settle the class action to avoid the time and expense of continuing the lawsuit.

Who are the Settling Defendants?

The Settling Defendants are The Kroger Co. (“Kroger”), Safeway Inc. and Albertsons Companies Inc. (“Safeway/Albertsons”), and Hawaiian Isles Kona Coffee Co., Ltd. (“HIKC”) (collectively, the “New Settling Defendants”)

There are other Defendants in this lawsuit who have not reached settlements with the Plaintiffs at the time. Those Defendants not included in these Settlements are not part of the Settlements.

What do the settlements provide?

The Proposed Settlements provides money for Settlement Class Members, requires Kroger and HIKC to modify the label of coffee products labeled as containing beans originating from the Kona region, and create labeling requirements for Safeway/Albertsons’ vendors of such coffee products. 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 February 14, 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
SUBMIT A CLAIM FORM
Deadline: To be Determined
Submit a valid claim to receive money from the Proposed Settlements. Be bound by the Proposed Settlements. Give up your right to sue or continue to sue the New Settling Defendants for the claims in this case.
EXCLUDE YOURSELF ("OPT OUT")
Deadline:
May 2, 2022 (passed)
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:
May 2, 2022 (passed)
Write the Court about why you do not like the Proposed Settlements.
SPEAK AT THE HEARING
Deadline:
May 2, 2022 (passed)
If you submit a Notice of Appearance, you may speak to the Court about the Proposed Settlements at the Final Hearing.
DO NOTHING Receive no payment. Be bound by the Proposed Settlements. Give up your right to sue or continue to sue the New Settling Defendants for the claims in this case.

For More Information

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