NEW YORK, Jan. 15, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The following statement is being issued by Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP regarding the Blue Buffalo class action settlement.
If you purchased Blue Buffalo pet foods, you may be entitled to a Cash Refund from a class action settlement.
A proposed settlement has been reached in a class action lawsuit claiming Blue Buffalo Company, Ltd. ("Blue Buffalo") pet foods (the "Products") labeling was false and deceptive and that it falsely claimed that the Products do not include chicken/poultry by-product meals, corn, wheat or soy, or artificial preservatives. Blue Buffalo stands by its labeling and denies it did anything wrong. However, Blue Buffalo has settled to avoid the cost and distraction of litigation.
Who is a Class Member? You're a Class Member if you purchased any of the Blue Buffalo Products in the United States from May 7, 2008 through December 18, 2015. A complete list of eligible Blue Buffalo Products is found on the website below.
What does the settlement provide? Settlement funds of up to $32,000,000 will be made available to partially reimburse Class Members for the Products they purchased and to pay legal fees of not more than $8,000,000, and expenses and administrative costs of not more than $1,400,000. Blue Buffalo has also agreed to review specifications for all Blue Buffalo Products to ensure that they are consistent with all packaging claims found on the product and representations regarding the products found on the Blue Buffalo Website, and to review its supplier relationships and institute practices designed to ensure that all materials provided by its suppliers comply with the applicable product specifications.
Class Members may choose one of the following options:
Option 1: Settlement Class Members must complete a Claim Form. If you do not have valid Proof of Purchase you must (i) confirm under penalty of perjury that you purchased one or more Blue Buffalo Products during the Settlement Class Period and (ii) state the total amount of money that you spent on Blue Buffalo Products during the Settlement Class Period. For each $50 in purchases, eligible Class Members will receive $5.00 in the form of a cash payment up to a total of $10. A Settlement Class Member who confirms that they purchased one or more Blue Buffalo Products but did not spend at least $50 will be entitled to receive a $5.00 cash payment;
Option 2: Settlement Class Members who complete the Claim Form and provide valid Proof of Purchase, shall receive $5.00 in the form of a cash payment for each $50 in purchases of the Blue Buffalo Products up to a total recovery of $200.
If the total value of claims submitted exceeds or falls short of the balance remaining in the Settlement Fund, then the compensation provided to each Settlement Class Member shall be reduced or increased pro rata.
Class Members must mail or submit a completed claim form online www.petfoodsettlement.com by April 14, 2016.
What are my Options?
Do nothing: you will not receive money but you will be bound by the decisions of the Court regarding these claims, including certain releases of Blue Buffalo. Exclude yourself: you will maintain your right to sue Blue Buffalo about the legal claims in this case. To exclude yourself, you must do so in writing by April 14, 2016. If you exclude yourself you will not receive money from this settlement. Object: you may write to the Court and say why you don't like the Settlement. The objection deadline is April 14, 2016.
The Court will hold a fairness hearing at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 19, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, 111 South 10th Street, St. Louis, Missouri 63102 in Courtroom 16 South to determine the fairness, adequacy, and reasonableness of the Settlement, to consider whether to approve the Settlement, and to consider a request by Class Counsel for payment of attorneys' fees and costs and class representative incentive awards. The motion for attorneys' fees and costs and plaintiff incentive awards will be posted on the website after they are filed. You may appear at the hearing, but you don't have to.
This is only a summary. For complete details, including a list of affected products, a claim form, and detailed court documents and other information, call toll-free 1(844) 245-3772, visit www.petfoodsettlement.com by April 14, 2016, or write to Blue Buffalo Settlement c/o Heffler Claims Group, P.O. Box 58730, Philadelphia, PA 19102-8730.
SOURCE Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP