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.