Allen v. Dolgencorp., LLC and Dollar General

Frequently Asked Questions

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You may be a Class Member in the proposed Settlement regarding the alleged deceptive marketing, packaging, and labeling of Clover Valley ground coffee Products if you purchased any of the Products from Dollar General in the United States between January 1, 2015 and April 1, 2021.  The Products include Clover Valley Donut Shop Blend Ground Coffee (all sizes), Clover Valley Country Sunrise Dark Roast Ground Coffee (all sizes), Clover Valley Country Sunrise Blend Ground Coffee (all sizes), Clover Valley Classic Roast Ground Coffee (all sizes) and Clover Valley Decaffeinated Ground Coffee (all sizes). This website explains the nature of the lawsuit and claims being settled, your legal rights, and the Benefits to the Class.

Judge Joy R. Parks of the Superior Court of White County, Georgia is overseeing this class action. The case is known as Mike Allen, et al. v. Dolgencorp, LLC, et al., Case No. SUCV2020000385. The people who sued are called the “Plaintiffs,” and the companies they sued, Dollar General Corporation and Dolgencorp, LLP, are known as the “Defendants” in this case. They will be called “Dollar General” on this website.

Plaintiffs filed a lawsuit against Dollar General, individually, and on behalf of anyone who purchased Clover Valley ground coffee Products, for personal use, between January 1, 2015 and April 1, 2021.

The lawsuit alleges that Dollar General improperly labeled, marketed, advertised, and sold Clover Valley ground coffee Products and there was not enough ground coffee to make the stated number of cups when following the brewing instructions on the Product label.


By agreeing to settle, both sides avoid the cost, disruption, and distraction of further litigation. The Class Representatives, Dollar General, and their attorneys believe the proposed Settlement is fair, reasonable, and adequate and, thus, best for the Class Members. The Court did not decide in favor of the Plaintiffs or Dollar General. Full details about the proposed Settlement are available in the Documents section of this website. 

In a class action, one or more people called “Class Representatives” sue on behalf of all people who have similar claims.  All of these people together are the “Class” or “Class Members.” 


You are included in the Settlement if you purchased any Clover Valley ground coffee Products from Dollar General in the United States between January 1, 2015 and April 1, 2021.  If you are not sure whether you are included or have any other questions about the Settlement, visit the Contact page on this website, call toll free 833-326-0774, or write questions to Allen v Dolgencorp, LLC c/o Settlement Administrator, PO Box 161, Warminster, PA 18974-0161.


The proposed Settlement, if approved by the Court, will provide the following benefits:

1. Business Practices: Dollar General, as distributor of the Products, has agreed to work with its manufacturer to change its Labeling practices by either removing the allegedly misleading language about the number of cups of coffee that can be made by following the brewing instructions from the Labeling of the Products, or revising the allegedly misleading language consistent with verified testing results from a reputable third-party laboratory. 

2. Individual Claims: Class Members are eligible for payments with or without Proof of Purchase:

Tier 1 – Claims without Proof of Purchase:

You can get up to $0.85 per Product purchase up to a maximum of 4 total Product purchases per Household for up to $3.40 maximum per Household by submitting a Claim Form.

Tier 2 – Claims with Proof of Purchase:

You can get up to $0.85 per Product purchase up to a maximum of 20 Products purchased for which a valid Proof of Purchase has been provided, up to a maximum reimbursement of $17 per Household. Settlement Class Members seeking benefits under Tier 2 must also submit a Claim Form, signed under penalty of perjury, along with Proof(s) of Purchase, which the Settlement Administrator shall verify. 

Only one Claim may be submitted per Household under either Tier 1 or Tier 2 and final amounts paid may be reduced based on total number of Valid Claims received.

You must file a Claim Form to get any money from the proposed Settlement.  Claim Forms must be submitted online by July 6, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. ET or received no later than July 6, 2021. 

You must submit a Claim Form, with or without Proof of Purchase, in order to be eligible to receive any payment from the Settlement, if it is approved. You can download a Claim Form in the Documents section of this website or you can write to the Settlement Administrator to request a Claim Form at Allen v. Dolgencorp, LLC, c/o Settlement Administrator, P.O. Box 161 Warminster, PA 18974-0161.

Your Claim Form must be received, if returned via mail, on or before July 6, 2021, or, if submitted online, no later than 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on July 6, 2021.  

Unless you exclude yourself, you will be included as part of the Settlement Class, if the Settlement is approved. By staying in the Class, you will be eligible to receive benefits included in the Settlement to which you are entitled, and with respect to the Products you will be releasing Dollar General and all Released Parties from any liability, cause of action, claim, right to damages or other relief, and any other legal rights to which you may otherwise be entitled under the law(s) of your state or any other applicable law. 

This means that with respect to the Products you will not be able to sue Dollar General Corporation and Dolgencorp, LLP, and DG Retail, LLC, , together with all manufacturers, distributors, retailers, sellers, and resellers of any Products, including Dollar General, together with each of its direct and indirect parent companies, predecessor entities, successor entities, related companies, direct and indirect subsidiaries, divisions, holding entities, past and present affiliates and banners, franchisees, distributors, wholesalers, suppliers, vendors,  manufacturers, retailers, advertising and production agencies, licensors, directors, and agents, including all current and former officers, managers, members, partners, owners, employees, shareholders, consultants, attorneys, legal representatives, insurers, agents, assigns, and other equity interest holders of any of the foregoing, and their heirs, executors, administrators, and assigns regarding the claims in this case. 

The Settlement Agreement which includes all provisions about settlement Claims, Releases, and Released Parties, is available on this website.

The only way to keep the right to sue is to exclude yourself (see FAQ 10), otherwise you will be included in the Settlement Class, if the Settlement is approved, and you give up the right to sue for the claims in this case.

Yes. The Class Representatives will request a Service Award of up to a maximum total amount of $3,250 each, to compensate them for their services as Class Representatives and their efforts in bringing the lawsuit. The Court will make the final decision as to the amount, if any, to be paid to the Class Representatives.

If you do not want to be included in the Settlement, you must send a written request for exclusion, received no later than June 29, 2021 to:

Allen v Dolgencorp, LLC
c/o Settlement Administrator
PO Box 161
Warminster, PA 18974-0161

Instructions on how to submit a request for exclusion are available in the Settlement Agreement found in the Documents section on this website, or from the Settlement Administrator by calling 833-326-0774.

If you exclude yourself, you will not be able to receive Benefits from the Settlement and you cannot object to the Settlement. You will not be legally bound by anything that happens in this lawsuit and you will keep your right to sue Dollar General on your own for the claims that this Settlement resolves.

No. If you do not exclude yourself from the Settlement, and the Settlement is approved by the Court, you forever give up the right to sue the Released Parties (listed in FAQ 8) for the claims this Settlement resolves.

If you do nothing, you will be bound by the Settlement if the Court approves it, you will not get any money from the Settlement, you will not be able to start or proceed with a lawsuit, or be part of any other lawsuit against the Released Parties (listed in FAQ 8) about the settled claims in this case at any time.


Yes. The Court has appointed Irby Law, LLC; Lober & Dobson, LLC; and Law Office of Todd L. Lord (called “Class Counsel”) to represent the interests of all Class Members in this case. You will not be charged for these lawyers.  If you want to be represented by your own lawyer, you may hire one at your own expense.

Class Counsel will apply to the Court for an award of Attorneys’ Fees and Litigation Expenses in an amount up to  $930,000. A copy of Class Counsel’s Application for Attorneys’ Fees and Expenses will be posted on this Settlement Website, by June 15, 2021, which is fourteen (14) days before the Objection Deadline. The Court will make the final decisions as to the amounts to be paid to Class Counsel, and may award less than the amount requested by Class Counsel.

If you want to tell the Court that you do not agree with the proposed Settlement or some part of it, you can submit an Objection telling them why you do not think the Settlement should be approved. Objections must be submitted in writing and must include all the following information: 

(i) The case name and number: Mike Allen, et al. v. Dolgencorp, LLC, et al., Case No. SUCV2020000385, Superior Court, White County, Georgia.  

(ii) Your full name, address, telephone number and email address.

(iii) The name and address of any lawyer(s) representing you or who may be entitled to compensation in connection with your Objection.

(iv) A detailed statement of the Objection(s), including the grounds for the Objection(s).

(v) Copies of any papers, briefs, or other documents upon which the Objection is based.

(vi) Indicate if you intend to appear at the Final Approval Hearing, with or without counsel.

(vii) Indicate any counsel who will appear on your behalf at the Final Approval Hearing and any person who will be called to testify to support your Objection. 

(viii) A statement that you are a Class Member in the proposed Settlement, including all information from the Claim Form.

(ix) Your signature in addition to the signature of any attorney representing you in connection with the Objection. 

(x) A detailed list of any class action settlement objections made by you or your lawyer in the last five years. 

Your Objection must be filed with the Clerk of the Court no later than June 29, 2021, to:

Clerk of Court
White County Superior Court
59 S Main St Suite B
Cleveland, GA 30528

In addition, you must mail a copy of your Objection to Settlement Administrator, Class Counsel, Defense Counsel, received no later than June 29, 2020:

CLASS COUNSEL

DEFENSE COUNSEL

SETTLEMENT ADMINISTRATOR

R. Brent Irby
Irby Law, LLC  
2201 Arlington Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35205

Dollar General
c/o McGuireWoods LLP
Gateway Plaza, 800 East Canal Street
Richmond, VA 23219 
Attn:  R. Trent Taylor 

Email: [email protected]

Allen v Dolgencorp, LLC
c/o Settlement Administrator
PO Box 161
Warminster, PA 18974-0161



If you do not submit your Objection with all requirements, or if your Objection is not filed and received by June 29, 2021 as outlined above, you will be considered to have waived all Objections and will not be entitled to speak at the Final Approval Hearing.


Objecting is simply telling the Court that you don’t like something about the Settlement.  You can object only if you stay in the Class. Excluding yourself is telling the Court that you don’t want to be part of the Class.  If you exclude yourself, you have no basis to object because the Settlement no longer affects you.

The Court will hold the Final Approval Hearing at 9:00 a.m. ET on July 1, 2021, at The Superior Court of White County, Georgia, 59 Main Street B, Cleveland, GA 30528 in the courtroom of the Honorable Joy R. Parks..  The hearing may be moved to a different date, time or location without additional notice, so it is recommended that you periodically check this website for updated information.

At the hearing, the Court will consider whether the proposed Settlement is fair, reasonable, adequate, and is in the best interests of Class Members, and if it should be approved. If there are valid, timely  Objections, the Court will consider them and will listen to people who have asked to speak at the hearing if the request was made properly. The Court will also consider the award of Attorneys’ Fees and Expenses to Class Counsel and the request for Service Awards to the Class Representatives.


No, you are not required to come to the Final Approval Hearing.  However, you are welcome to attend the hearing at your own expense.  

If you submit an Objection, you do not have to come to the hearing to talk about it.  If your Objection was submitted properly and on time, the Court will consider it.  You also may pay your own lawyer to attend the Final Approval Hearing, but that is not necessary.

Yes, you can speak at the Final Approval Hearing but you must ask the Court for permission.  To request permission to speak, you must file an Objection according to the instructions in FAQ 15, including all the information required.  

You cannot speak at the hearing if you exclude yourself from the Settlement.

If you do nothing, you will not get any money from the Settlement, you will not be able to sue for the claims in this case and you release the claims against Defendants listed in FAQ 8.

This is only a summary of the proposed Settlement.  If you want additional information about this lawsuit, including a copy of the Settlement Agreement, the complaints, the Court’s Preliminary Approval Order, Class Counsel’s Application for Attorneys’ Fees and Expenses, and more, please visit the Documents section on this website, or call 833-326-0774.  

You may also contact the Settlement Administrator in writing at Allen v Dolgencorp, LLC c/o Settlement Administrator, PO Box 161, Warminster, PA 18974-0161.  

You may also visit or call the Clerk’s office at the White County Clerk of Court, 59 S Main St, Suite B, Cleveland, GA 30528; (706) 865-2613. The Clerk will tell you how to obtain the complete file for inspection and copying at your own expense.


PLEASE DO NOT ADDRESS ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT THE SETTLEMENT

OR LITIGATION TO THE CLERK OF THE COURT OR THE JUDGE.


This website is authorized by the Court, supervised by counsel and controlled by the Settlement Administrator approved by the Court. This is the only authorized website for this case.

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Allen v. Dolgencorp, LLC c/o Settlement Administrator
P.O. Box 161
Warminster, PA 18974-0161

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Important Dates

  • Claim Filing Deadline

    Tuesday, July 6, 2021
    Your complete Claim Form must be received, if returned by mail, on or before  Tuesday, July 6, 2021, or, if submitted online, no later than 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on Tuesday, July 6, 2021.
  • Objection Deadline

    Tuesday, June 29, 2021
    You must mail your objection(s) and/or notice of intent to appear at the Final Approval Hearing so that it/they are received no later than Tuesday, June 29, 2021.
  • Exclusion Deadline

    Tuesday, June 29, 2021
    You must complete and mail your request for exclusion so that it is received no later than Tuesday, June 29, 2021.
  • Final Approval Hearing

    Thursday, July 1, 2021
    The Final Approval Hearing is scheduled for  Thursday, July 1, 2021. Please check this website for updates.

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