This is to inform all U.S. beekeepers who have had commercial operations with 300 or more hives that produced and sold honey in the U.S. since 2001 of actions taken on your behalf regarding a class action lawsuit. This lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court for Northern District of Illinois in Chicago by domestic honey producers Adee Honey Farm, Bill Rhodes Honey Co., and Hackenberg Apiaries on behalf of the U.S. beekeepers seeking compensation for all domestic honey producers injured as a result of Groeb’s and Honey Solution’s conduct and actions.
The U.S. government brought criminal charges against Groeb Farms, Inc. and Honey Holding for illegal honey smuggling of Chinese honey, etc. for which they agreed to federal fines totaling $3 million. In doing so they have admitted guilt and opened the way for U.S. Beekeepers to recover monetary losses caused to U.S. Beekeepers by Groeb’s and Honey Holding’s actions.
The class action lawsuit filed on your behalf cites those companies’ violations of the Lanham Act, involving false advertising and unfair competition, as well as violations of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, (RICO Act) arising from those companies’ involvement in an international scheme to purchase illegally imported and fraudulently labeled honey from China to avoid paying U.S. antidumping duties – all to the detriment of U.S. Beekeepers like yourself.
This illegal behavior has suppressed domestic prices of honey, caused plaintiffs and the other class members to lose significant amounts of sales and otherwise caused economic loss and financial harm to plaintiffs and the other class members.
An article from "Catch the Buzz" titled "Lawsuit Filed Against Groeb Farms and Honey Solutions
Spells Out Blatant Fraud Involved In Honey Case" may be read here: http://home.ezezine.com/1636/1636-20...0.archive.html
U.S. beekeepers have been injured financially by those companies’ actions, which depressed the U. S honey market for many years, even if they had no business dealings with Groeb or Honey Solutions.
Some of the best attorneys in the U.S. representing our interests in this case, with a proven track record of trial wins and settlements and a history of doing cutting-edge legal work across a variety of fields – especially the fields of consumer law, competition law and biotechnology. Our lawyers include prominent national law firm consumer practice group heads, a former Justice of the Florida Supreme Court, board-certified trial lawyers, and a lawyer with an active beekeeping business.
Please read the attached documents. If you have any questions or would like to any more information about the case including how to join on, you may contact Ken Bell at the information listed below.
Please pass this information on to all other beekeepers you may know.
Contact Information for Ken Bell:
Kenneth B. Bell
Clark Partington Hart Larry Bond & Stackhouse
125 N. Romana St., Ste. 800
Pensacola, Florida 32505
Direct Dial: 850-208-7025
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com
Assistant: Ruth Patterson
Direct Dial: 850-208-7026