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.