Parents Can File Claim in School Lunches Lawsuit

Did you pay for school lunch for your child at some point over the last fourteen years? If so, you could file a claim and get a little money back. A food distribution company has agreed to pay one-point-nine million dollars to settle a lawsuit that claims it conspired with others over several years to restrain the bidding process for selling food at schools across Iowa. The lawsuit says Martin Brothers Distributing Company conspired with Iowa Educators Corporation and its successor, the Iowa Association for Educational Purchasing, to monopolize the business of food distribution at hundreds of schools over a 14-year period. Martin Brothers and the others deny they did anything wrong. They say the process was fair, and the agreement was reached to avoid litigation costs. The money will be refunded to parents who paid for school lunch between January of 2000 and August of this year at one of the schools involved. Refunds will total three dollars and fifty cents per student per year. Most area schools are involved in this lawsuit, including St. Mary’s in Manchester, Beckman, Ed-Co, Maquoketa Valley, Starmont, East Buchanan and many others. West Delaware is not included. You can find a complete list of the schools involved online at http://www.iowaschoolfoodsettlement.com. Claims can also be filed on that website as well. All claims must be filed by the end of the month.