Robert Abrams, Litigation Partner, was named American Lawyer’s “Litigator of the Week” on July 14, 2011.
On July 12, Abrams led a class of southern dairy farmers to a $140 million antitrust settlement with Dean Foods. The settlement was “a significant, gratifying and hard-fought victory for the dairy farmers of the southeast,” Abrams said.
As lead plaintiffs’ counsel, Abrams represented 7,200 dairy farmers who accused Dean Foods and others of manipulating the prices of milk to keep them low. For the farmers, Abrams said, the deal represents a “very positive and successful development” in the four-year-old case.
A jury trial against the remaining defendants is scheduled to begin on August 16 in Greeneville, Tennessee.