If you purchased certain Avalon Organics® or JASON® brand cosmetic products in California, this notice of class action settlement may affect your rights

Dec 21, 2015, 09:16 ET from Lexington Law Group

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 21, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The following statement is being issued by Lexington Law Group regarding the Avalon Organics and Jason Brand Cosmetics Class Action Lawsuit.

A proposed settlement has been reached in a California class action lawsuit about the labeling and advertising of certain Avalon Organics® and JASON® brand cosmetic products.  The plaintiffs in the lawsuit assert that the packaging and advertising for these products misled consumers to believe that the products were wholly or at least mostly organic.  The Hain Celestial Group, Inc. ("Hain") 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.  The court has not decided who is right and who is wrong.

Am I a Class Member? 

You may be a member of the Class if you purchased at least one Avalon Organics® brand cosmetic product in California during the time period from May 11, 2007 through May 11, 2011 or at least one JASON® brand cosmetic product in California during the time period of May 11, 2007 through January 30, 2011.  The specific Avalon Organics® brand cosmetic products sold in California between May 11, 2007 through May 11, 2011 and the specific JASON® brand cosmetic products sold in California during the time period of May 11, 2007 through January 30, 2011 at issue in this litigation are referred to as the "Challenged Products."  A complete list of the Challenged Products can be found on the website below.

What Am I Eligible to Receive?

Hain will establish a $7.5 million settlement fund to pay approved Class Member claims, notice and administrative costs, incentive awards to the named plaintiffs, and attorneys' fees and costs. Also, Hain will provide up to $1.85 million in coupons toward the purchase of Avalon Organics® brand or JASON® brand cosmetic products. Eligible class members without receipts may elect to receive either (i) a cash payment of up to $50 or (ii) a cash payment and coupons worth a combined total of $80. The amount of your payment will depend on the statements in your Claim Form (including whether you have receipts for your purchases in which case there is no cap to your recovery) and whether you choose only cash or a combination of cash and coupons.  The amount of the claim paid (cash or cash and coupons) to class members will also depend on how many people file claims. Complete details of your options are in the detailed notice found at www.HainOrganicCosmeticsLawsuit.com.

What are My Options?

Submit a claim form by January 12, 2016 – this is the only way to receive a cash payment or a cash payment and coupons. Exclude yourself by January 12, 2016 – get out of the settlement. You will not receive benefits, but keep your right to sue the Defendant.  Object by January 12, 2016 – write to the Court about why you do not like the settlement.  Do nothing – get no cash or coupons from this settlement.  You give up any rights to sue Hain or any of its affiliates on your own about the same legal claims in this lawsuit. You will also be legally bound by all orders the Court issues and judgments the Court makes in this class action. 

The Judge will hold a Final Approval Hearing on February 11, 2016 at 9:30 a.m. at the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, 450 Golden Gate Ave., San Francisco, CA 94102, in Courtroom C on the 15th Floor.  At this hearing, the Judge will consider whether the settlement is fair, reasonable and adequate, and whether to approve attorneys' fees and costs of up to $4,000,000 and plaintiffs' awards not to exceed $16,500 in total.  The motion for attorneys' fees and costs will be posted on the website after it is filed. You may appear at the hearing, but you don't have to. 

This is only a summary.  For more information, visit www.HainOrganicCosmeticsLawsuit.com, or call 1-844-271-4788.


SOURCE Lexington Law Group