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Court Orders Divestiture of Former Dean Foods Plants
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 10/12/2020

U.S. District Judge Gary Feinerman approved the proposed final judgment against Dairy Farmers of America, noting that a mandatory divestiture will save jobs at its facilities. The final judgment requires that DFA divest its De Pere factory within 30 days, along with another plant in Harvard, Illinois. The company must also sell off certain intellectual properties, including the exclusive right to use the Dean's name in Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan; and licenses for the TruMoo and DairyPure brand names nationwide.

Wisconsin Attorney General Kaul, along with the U. S. Department of Justice and Commonwealth of Massachusetts, filed a complaint in May against DFA, which acquired Dean Foods property out of bankruptcy.

"Judge Feinerman is right: this judgment will save critical Wisconsin jobs," said Kaul. "Maintaining strong competition in Wisconsin's dairy market is important for our state's economy, especially as the economy continues to be impacted by the effects of the global pandemic."

In early April, a U.S. bankruptcy court in Texas approved the sale of Dean Foods plants to DFA for $433 million. That decision came five months after Dean filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

The U.S. Department of Justice will approve the buyer of the De Pere and Harvard plants.

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