Indianapolis News and HeadlinesIndianapolis Local NewsIndianapolis Crime News


Fairlife Milk faces two federal lawsuits following animal abuse allegations at Fair Oaks Farms

Posted at 10:49 PM, Jun 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-13 22:49:15-04

CHICAGO, IL — Two federal lawsuits have now been filed following the explosive video showing the abuse of animals at one if Indiana's most significant agritourism operations.

Fairlife Milk — which used milk from Indiana's Fair Oaks Farms up until last week — was hit with the lawsuits filed in Chicago, where Fairlife is headquartered, on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The lawsuits have accused the company of fraud for claiming their cows received 'extraordinary care.' Both lawsuits also name Fair Oaks' owner, Mike and Sue McCloskey, who are the co-founders of Fairlife.

Animal Recovery Mission, the animal rights group that first released video showing Fair Oaks workers abusing calves at the farm, released the following statement to RTV6 after receiving word that Fairlife was facing a class action lawsuit:

Due to the nature of the systematic lying and deceit Fair Oaks Farms’ Dairy Adventure has based itself on, this lawsuit was expected. Fair Oaks Farms deceived over 500,000 tourists per year. I would imagine many more lawsuits will be forthcoming.
Richard Couto, the founder of ARM

Fairlife Milk put out a public statement on their website on Tuesday, where they mentioned nothing about the lawsuits filed against them.

RTV6 reached out for a statement from Fairlife regarding the latest legal action taken against them, but have yet to hear back.

At this time, one of three suspects wanted in connection with the alleged animal cruelty at Fair Oaks Farms has been arrested.