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.

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Important Update: The Court will be rescheduling the Final Approval Hearing in order to accommodate the Juneteenth federal holiday. The new hearing date will be listed here as soon as it is available.

What is the lawsuit about?

Proposed Settlements have been reached with certain Defendants, known as the 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 BCC Assets LLC d/b/a Boyer’s Coffee (“BCC”), Cameron’s Coffee and Distribution Company (“Cameron’s), Copper Moon Coffee, LLC (“Copper Moon”), Cost Plus Inc. (“Cost Plus”), and Pacific Coffee, Inc., d/b/a Maui Coffee Company (“MCC”), Gold Coffee Roasters, Inc., Costa Rican Gold Coffee Company, Inc., and John Parry (“Gold”), Costco Wholesale Corporation (“Costco”), and The TJX Companies, Inc. and Marshalls of MA, Inc. (“TJX”).

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

What do the settlements provide?

The Proposed Settlements provide money for Settlement Class Members, require the Settling Defendants to modify the label of any coffee products labeled as “Kona” or “Kona Blend”, and require Gold to create labeling requirements for Costco's and TJX's vendors of such coffee products. Under the Proposed Settlements, the Settling Defendants will make a total payment of $13,105,750. More information about the amounts the Proposed 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  farmed Kona coffee in the Kona District and then sold their Kona coffee during the Class Periods listed in the Notices. 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 Notices, 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 Settling Defendants for the claims in this case.
EXCLUDE YOURSELF ("OPT OUT") Remove yourself from the Settlement Class. Receive no payment. Keep your right to sue or continue to sue Settling Defendants for the claims in this case.
OBJECT OR COMMENT Write the Court about why you do not like the Proposed Settlement.
SPEAK AT THE HEARING 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 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