If you paid for food at an Iowa school, you may be owed money

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If you paid for food at certain schools in Iowa, you may be owed a settlement as part of a class action lawsuit.

The lawsuit claimed Iowa Educators Corporation and the Iowa Association for Educational Purchasing violated state law by awarding food service contracts, at a large number of schools in Iowa, to one company. Martin Brothers Distributing Company, Inc. and the organizations have denied wrongdoing but reached a settlement to avoid the costs and time associated with litigation.

You are part of the settlement class if, between January 1, 2000 and August 1, 2014, you paid for food at an Iowa-based school, attended by students in any grade between pre-K and 12th grade, which was also a member of the Iowa Educators Corporation or the Iowa Association for Educational Purchasing.

Hundreds of schools and school districts across Iowa got food service through the IEC and IAEP when the alleged conspiracy was happening. Not all districts and schools affected by the settlement were members of the IEC or IAEP for all 14 years.

Area schools on the list included Assumption High School in Davenport, Holy Family in Davenport, All Saints Catholic School in Davenport, John F. Kennedy school in Davenport, Trinity Lutheran in Davenport, Mississippi Bend in Bettendorf, Prince of Peace in Clinton, Sacred Heart in Maquoketa, East Central in Miles/Sabula, Burlington Catholic (Notre Dame) in Burlington, West Burlington, Northeast in Goose Lake, Waco in Wayland, St. Joseph in Bellevue, Bellevue Community Schools, Winfield-Mt. Union in Winfield, New London, Mount Pleasant, West Liberty, Mount Pleasant and Washington.

For a year-by-year list of schools whose food service patrons are eligible for settlement, click here.

As part of the settlement, class members are entitled to up to $3.50 per student per year they attended a member school, up to a maximum of $50 per student.

Claims can be submitted online or by mail. The deadline to file a claim was set for September 30, 2014.

Get more information about this lawsuit – click here.

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