MINNEAPOLIS, Dec. 1, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- A proposed settlement has been reached in a class action lawsuit about the labelling, marketing, and advertising of Venus Laboratories "Earth Friendly" products ("Products"). The plaintiffs in the lawsuit claim that Venus Laboratories mislabeled its Products by describing them as "natural." Venus Laboratories denies all the plaintiffs' allegations and is entering into this settlement to avoid burdensome and costly litigation. The settlement is not an admission of wrongdoing.
Am I a Class Member? You are a member of the Class if you purchased at least one Venus Laboratories Earth Friendly Product from January 23, 2011 through November 5, 2015, for household use or personal consumption and not for resale. Excluded from the Class are Venus Laboratories and its board members, officers, and attorneys; governmental entities; the Court presiding over the settlement, and those persons who timely and properly request exclusion from the Settlement Class.
What Can I Get From the Settlement? A fund of up to $925,000 will be created to pay Class Members' claims, certain administrative costs, attorneys' fees and expenses, incentive awards, and other costs. Venus Laboratories will also make changes to the labels for the Products and to its website.
Settlement Class Members may submit a properly completed Claim Form and be eligible to receive a cash payment of up to $25. These awards may be subject to pro rata upward or downward adjustment depending on the number of claims approved. A detailed Class Notice and Claim Form are available at www.EarthFriendlySettlement.com or by calling 1-888-236-5349.
What are My Options? To ask for a cash payment and stay in the Class, you must send in a Claim Form by February 15, 2016. If you do not wish to participate in the settlement, you may exclude yourself from the Class by February 12, 2016. The detailed notice available at www.EarthFriendlySettlement.com or by calling 1-888-236-5349 explains how to exclude yourself from the settlement. If you exclude yourself, you can't get money from this settlement if it is approved. If you're a Class Member, you may object to any part of the settlement you don't like, and the Court will consider your views. Your objection must be timely, in writing, and must provide documents to establish your membership in the Class. Procedures for submitting objections are set out in the detailed notice available at www.EarthFriendlySettlement.com or by calling 1-888-236-5349.
The Court will hold a Final Fairness Hearing at 9:00 a.m. on March 15, 2016 in San Francisco, California. At this hearing, the Court will consider whether the settlement is fair, reasonable and adequate and whether to approve the named plaintiffs' incentive awards of up to $2,000 each and attorneys' fees and expenses up to $277,500. You may attend the hearing, and you may hire your own lawyer, but you are not required to do either. The Court will consider timely written objections and will listen to people who have made a prior written request to speak at the hearing. After the hearing, the Court will decide whether to approve the settlement.
What If I Have Questions? This information is just a summary. A detailed notice, as well as the Settlement Agreement and other documents filed in this lawsuit can be found online at www.EarthFriendlySettlement.com. For more information, you may call or write to the Settlement Administrator at 1-888-236-5349, Venus Earth Friendly Products Settlement, c/o Dahl Administration, P.O. Box 3614, Minneapolis, MN 55403-0614 or info@ EarthFriendlySettlement.com.
QUESTIONS? CALL 1-888-236-5349 or VISIT www.EarthFriendlySettlement.com
MEDIA: Jeff Dahl, 952-562-3601
SOURCE Dahl Administration, LLC