March 3, 2014
Class Action Settlement – Larsen, et al.v. Trader Joe’s Company
Tamar Davis Larsen and Aran Eisenstat, on behalf of themselves and all others similarly situated v. Trader Joe’s Company, a California Corporation
Case No. 3:11-cv-05188-WHO
United States District Court for the Northern District of California
San Francisco Division
Feinstein Doyle Payne & Kravec, LLC announces a class action settlement in Larsen, et al. v. Trader Joe’s Company, a California corporation.
Details about the Trader Joe’s class action settlement are posted at https://tjallnaturalclassaction.com/
The class action lawsuit, pending in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, claims that certain Trader Joe’s food products were improperly labeled, marketed, supplied, made and sold as being “all Natural” and/or 100% Natural” even though they contained one or more of the following allegedly synthetic ingredients: ascorbic acid, cocoa processed with alkali, sodium acid pyrophosphate, xanthan gum, and vegetable mono- and diglycerides.
The products at issue are: Joe-Joe’s Chocolate Vanilla Creme Cookies; Joe-Joe’s Chocolate Sandwich Creme Cookies; Trader Joe’s Jumbo Cinnamon rolls; Trader Joe’s Buttermilk Biscuits; Trader Giotto’s 100% Natural Fat Free Ricotta Cheese; and Trader Joe’s Fresh Pressed Apple Juice.
Trader Joe’s denies all charges of wrongdoing or liability, defended itself throughout this litigation and asserts that the Labeling, packaging, sale, distribution, supply, marketing and advertising, including statements made on the Products’ labels and on Trader Joe’s website, were truthful, accurate, not misleading, and not in violation of the law.
Both sides have agreed to settle the dispute and to provide benefits to consumers, taking into account the burdens and expense of litigation, including the risks and uncertainties, and the difficulties and delays in such litigation.
The class action settlement is awaiting court approval. Class members may review the Class Notice and Stipulation of Class Action Settlement by clicking on the links below. As the notice explains, class members have a right to object.
The class action settlement class consists of the following:
ALL CONSUMERS IN THE UNITED STATES WHO, FROM OCTOBER 24, 2007 THROUGH FEBRUARY 6, 2014, MADE RETAIL PURCHASES OF ONE OR MORE OF THE PRODUCTS THAT WERE LABELED “ALL NATURAL” OR 100% NATURAL” AND ALSO CONTAINED OINE OR MORE OF THE FOLLOWING INGREDIENTS: ASCORBIC ACID, COCOA PROCESSED WITH ALKALI, SODIUM ACID PYROPHOSPHATE, VEGETABLE MONO- AND DIGLCERIDES, AND XANTHAN GUM
Trader Joe’s – Order Granting Preliminary Approval of Class Action Settlement
Trader Joe’s – Notice
Trader Joe’s – Superseding Stipulation of Class Action Settlement
PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING IMPORTANT DATES AND INFORMATION:
JUNE 2, 2014 – LAST DAY TO FILE AN OBJECTION TO THE CLASS ACTION SETTLEMENT
JUNE 2, 2014 – LAST DAY TO EXCLUDE YOURSELF FROM THE CLASS ACTION SETTLEMENT
JULY 9, 2014 – CLASS ACTION SETTLEMENT FAIRNESS HEARING, Courtroom No. 6 of the United States District Court of the Northern District of California, 450 Golden Gate Avenue, Courtroom 2, 17th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94102
Contact: Joseph N. Kravec, Jr. ( [email protected])
Feinstein Doyle Payne & Kravec, LLC
429 Forbes Avenue
Allegheny Building, 17th Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15219