An attorney representing the honey producers, James J. Pizzirusso of the Washington, D.C. office of Hausfeld LLP, stated: "The domestic honey industry, critically important to agriculture, has suffered losses at the hands of these fraudulent shippers for far too long. Through this class action, our clients seek to hold these entities responsible for the financial harm they have caused."

Another attorney for the plaintiffs, Adam J. Levitt, who is a director in the Chicago office of Grant & Eisenhofer P.A and head of its consumer practice group, added: "It is important that American beekeepers and honey producers get to play on a level playing field, untainted by this international transshipping scheme that has damaged them for far too long."

In addition to Mr. Pizzirusso and Mr. Levitt, the lawyers representing the honey producers in the Adee action include Kenneth B. Bell of the Pensacola, Fla. office of Clark, Partington, Hart, Larry, Bond & Stackhouse; Stephen H. Echsner and E. Samuel Geisler of the Pensacola, Fla. office of Aylstock, Witkin, Kreis & Overholtz PLLC; and Daniel E. Gustafson of the Minneapolis office of Gustafson Gluek PLLC.

The lawyers representing the plaintiffs in the Adee action are among the most successful class action lawyers in the United States, with a proven track record of trial wins and settlements in excess of $1 billion in the past two years alone, as well as a history of doing cutting-edge legal work across a variety of fields, and especially the fields of consumer law, competition law and biotechnology. In addition to prominent national law firm consumer practice group heads Pizzirusso and Levitt, the attorneys representing plaintiffs in Adee include a former Justice of the Florida Supreme Court, board-certified trial lawyers, and a lawyer with an active beekeeping business.

The case is styled as: Adee Honey Farms et al. v. Groeb Farms, Inc. et al., Case No. 1:13-cv-02922 (N.D. Ill.).

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