MINNEAPOLIS, Feb. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Two plaintiffs have filed a lawsuit alleging that the use of the phrases "natural," "all natural" and "100% natural" on packages of Cumberland Packing Corp.'s Stevia In The Raw Products is misleading. The plaintiffs have brought these claims on behalf of all consumers who purchased Stevia In The Raw brand Products containing these phrases in the United States between October 9, 2009 and July 1, 2014. Cumberland denies that these phrases are inaccurate or misleading. The parties recently entered into a settlement agreement to avoid burdensome and costly litigation. The settlement is not an admission of wrongdoing.
Am I affected by the Settlement? Your rights are affected by the Settlement, and you are entitled to obtain the benefits of the settlement agreement if you purchased at least one Stevia in the Raw brand Product containing the phrases "natural," "all natural" or "100% natural" in the United States between October 9, 2009 and July 1, 2014 for household use or personal consumption and not for resale or distribution. If you meet these criteria, you are considered a member of the class of consumers on whose behalf the lawsuit is brought ("Class Member") unless you request that you be excluded from the class. Anyone who is a board member, officer, or attorney of Cumberland may not participate in the Settlement.
What Can I Get From the Settlement? Class Members may be eligible to receive a cash payment of up to $2 for each package of Stevia In The Raw Consumer brand Products they purchased during the designated time period, up to a maximum of 8 packages. The maximum potential payment is $16 per household. Payments may be less than $2 per package, depending on the number of claims approved. A detailed Class Notice and copies of the Claim Form are available at www.SteviaInTheRawSettlement.com or by calling 1-888-313-3557.
What are My Options? To receive a cash payment, you must send in a Claim Form by June 6, 2016. If you do not wish to participate in the settlement, you may exclude yourself from the Class by March 8, 2016. The detailed notice available at www.SteviaInTheRawSettlement.com or by calling 1-888-313-3557 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.SteviaInTheRawSettlement.com or by calling 1-888-313-3557.
The Court will hold a Final Fairness Hearing at 2:00 p.m. on April 6, 2016 in the Courtroom of the Honorable Roanne L. Mann, United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, 225 Cadman Plaza East, Brooklyn, New York, 11201. At this hearing, the Court will consider whether the Settlement is fair, reasonable and adequate and whether to approve payments of up to $3,500 to each of the two plaintiffs who initially filed the lawsuit, and attorneys' fees and expenses up to $450,000, and administrative and notice costs up to $210,000. 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 Notice is just a summary. Detailed notice, as well as the Settlement Agreement and other documents filed in this lawsuit can be found online at www.SteviaInTheRawSettlement.com. For more information, you may call or write to the Settlement Administrator at 1-888-313-3557, Stevia in the Raw Settlement, c/o Dahl Administration, P.O. Box 3614, Minneapolis, MN 55403-0614 or info@SteviaInTheRawSettlement.com.
QUESTIONS? CALL 1-888-313-3557 or VISIT www.SteviaInTheRawSettlement.com
MEDIA: Jeff Dahl, 1-952-562-3601
SOURCE Dahl Administration, LLC