PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 18, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- The following statement is being issued by Heffler Claims Group regarding the Canada Dry Ginger Ale Class Action Settlement.
Two proposed class action Settlements have been reached in cases alleging Canada Dry Ginger Ale Products, packaged and labeled with the words "Made from Real Ginger" were false and deceptive. The Settlements resolve two lawsuits: in California, Fitzhenry-Russell, et al. v. Keurig Dr Pepper, et al., No. 5:17cv564 (U.S. District Court for Northern District of Cal.); and in 49 other states, George, et al. v. Keurig Dr Pepper, et al., No. 1822-CC11811 (Circuit Court of the City of St. Louis, MO). The Settlements require Defendants to change the label and compensate consumers. Defendants deny any wrongdoing.
Who is a Class Member?
You may be an eligible Settlement Class Member if you purchased Canada Dry Ginger Ale Products in California between December 28, 2012, and June 26, 2018, or in the other 49 United States, between January 1, 2013, and December 19, 2018.
What are the Benefits?
The Settlements require Defendants to permanently remove the label claim "Made from Real Ginger." They permit labeling that includes statements such as, "real ginger taste" and "made with real ginger extract," among other combinations of those label claims. Settlement Class Members who file a claim will receive $0.40 per Unit purchased, up to 13 Units or $5.20 per Household without proof of purchase, and up to 100 Units or $40.00 per Household with proof of purchase. Every Valid claim will receive a minimum payment of $2.00. The total Benefit for the 49-State Class Members is capped at $11,200,000, so Class Members there may receive per Unit less depending on how many Valid Claims are actually submitted. There is no cap on total benefits for the California Settlement.
What are my rights?
You may make a Claim, Object, Opt-Out, or do nothing. To receive a payment, you must submit a Claim, online or by mail, by March 19, 2019. If you Opt-Out of the Settlement, you may pursue a separate lawsuit, but you will receive no payment. Your Opt-Out request must be received by the Settlement Administrator by March 19, 2019. If you do not Opt-Out, you give up your right to bring a separate lawsuit. To object, you must submit a written Objection that complies with the requirements in the applicable Settlement Notice available at www.CDGAsettlement.com. Your Objection must be filed with the Court by March 19, 2019. Do nothing, and you will not receive a payment and you will release claims against Defendants that relate to the allegations in the lawsuits.
Each Court presiding over the cases will hold a Fairness Hearing to review its respective Settlement. The California Settlement will be heard on April 10, 2019, in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, 280 S. 1st St., San Jose, CA 95113, before the Honorable Nathanael Cousins. The 49-State Settlement will be heard on April 8, 2019, in the Circuit Court for the City of St. Louis, MO, Civil Courts Bldg., 5th floor, 10 N. Tucker Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63101, before the Honorable Mark Neill. Each Court will decide whether to approve the Settlement and to make certain awards to be paid by Defendants. The Missouri Court will decide whether to award Attorneys' Fees and Costs of up to $1,200,000, plus $1,000 per named Plaintiff as Class Representative Service Awards. The California Court will decide whether to award Attorneys' Fees and Expenses of up to $2,250,000, plus $5,000 per named Plaintiff as Class Representative Service Awards. The Applications for Attorneys' Fees and Expenses will be posted on www.CDGAsettlement.com after they are filed. You may, but don't have to, attend the hearings. Benefit Checks will be issued to the Class Members only if the Settlements are approved and any Objections are resolved. Please be patient.
For more information, visit www.CDGAsettlement.com or contact the Settlement Administrator at 1-833-305-3916 or Heffler Claims Group, Keurig Dr Pepper Inc., P.O. Box 58097, Philadelphia, PA 19102-8097. Please do not telephone the Courts to inquire about the Settlements.
SOURCE Heffler Claims Group