[8 December/ National Business Review]

The a2 Milk Company has announced that it has settled the legal claims and counter claims between itself and Lion. The a2 Milk Company initiated the litigation in 2016 after Lion marketed its milk as containing a2 protein, a claim a2 believed breached its patent and misled consumers. Lion then counter-claimed that a2 had engaged in misleading and deceptive conduct by stating that a2 milk had health benefits over regular milk. The settlement of the claims came before the parties were due in court early next year. Fund managers have said they don’t believe a2 would have agreed to any settlement before the court date unless Lion had agreed to stop making claims about some of its brands containing a2 protein. Harbour Asset Management Managing Director, Andrew Bascand said the settlement came a lot of evidence was published showing the health benefits of a2 milk compared to conventional milk.