The lawsuit brought by Ben & Jerry’s against parent company Unilever over sales in Israeli-occupied territory has been resolved, Unilever said in a terse announcement.
The statement on Unilever’s website, dated Dec. 15, reads in its entirety: “Unilever is pleased to announce that the litigation with Ben & Jerry’s Independent Board has been resolved.” No other details were offered.
Ben & Jerry’s had been locked in a dispute with Unilever over the issue of selling ice cream in the Middle Eastern territories occupied by Israel. Ben & Jerry’s, which has an independent board, had moved to ban such sales in 2021, but Unilever thwarted this by selling its Israeli business, including the occupied territories, to a local distributor. Ben & Jerry’s then sued in July to stop Unilever from selling ice cream in the territories. The suit was thrown out the following month, but the Ben & Jerry’s board filed another complaint soon afterward.