Millions of consumers may have a claim against Fairlife milk over alleged cow abuse at an Indiana farm, as eight lawsuits from around the country came together in a Chicago federal courtroom Tuesday seeking class-action status.
The lawsuits are being consolidated into a single consumer fraud case against Chicago-based Fairlife, Coca-Cola and the dairy co-op that includes Fair Oaks Farms, the Indiana dairy farm where the alleged abuse was captured by an animal welfare group on video and released in June.
The graphic video went viral, and about a dozen Chicago-area grocers pulled Fairlife from their shelves amid consumer backlash, including Jewel-Osco, Tony’s Fresh Market and Pete’s Fresh Market. The lawsuits followed quickly, filed in federal courts around the country until October, when a judicial panel ordered the cases be heard jointly by U.S. District Judge Robert Dow Jr. in Chicago.
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