Near East Class Action Settlement! Claim 7.50 with NO RECEIPTS
If you purchased Near East products covered in this lawsuit, then you may be eligible for a refund. Because, the plaintiff claims that Near East misrepresented their product. And, if you bought them as set forth by the court, they have to give you money back.
Brannin v Golden Grain Company – Case No. CGC-16-555084
How do I file a claim?
What is a class action lawsuit settlement?
A class action lawsuit is one with multiple plaintiffs. In other words, there are more than one person being represented by the lawsuit. Oftentimes a plaintiff or plaintiffs file the case on behalf of many people who were affected by aren’t involved in the actual suit. For example, if you purchased an item that was later determined to be involved in a class action lawsuit, you may be entitled to compensation.
If you’re included in the class or group of people affected, then you can file a claim to receive money, coupons or replacement products. Each case is different, and each will specify who is included.
In addition, class action lawsuits may require proof that you are part of the group of affected people. In this case, proof of purchase or other specified proof is needed. However, in some cases, no proof is required. In that case, you can file a claim without proving that you are part of the class of people affected. Of course, when you file a claim you are doing so under penalty of perjury. So, do not file if you do not qualify.
Perjury is the intentional act of swearing a false oath or falsifying an affirmation to tell the truth, whether spoken or in writing, concerning matters material to an official proceeding. – Wikipedia
What’s this settlement about?
The individuals who brought this lawsuit (the “plaintiffs”) claim that Golden Grain Company packaged its Near East Products in boxes containing excess amounts of empty space (referred to as “nonfunctional slack fill”). And, that by doing so, they violated California law against unlawful and deceptive advertising.
In other words, the company used packaging which wasn’t filled up to make it look like you were getting more. As a result, the plaintiff felt they overpaid for a product that contained less than it appeared to.
The defendant, Golden Grain Company, disputes the plaintiffs’ claims and denies all liability to the plaintiffs and the Class. And, they argue that there’s no damage done and no deception. However, Golden Grain has agreed to the Settlement to avoid the uncertainties and expenses associated with continuing the litigation.
What Products are Included? Where were they sold?
Couscous products: Broccoli & Cheese, Mediterranean Curry, Herbed Chicken, Parmesan, Roasted Garlic & Olive Oil, Roasted Garlic & Olive Oil Wheat Couscous, Toasted Pine Nut, Wild Mushroom & Herb, Roasted Garlic & Olive Oil Pearled Couscous, and Basil & Herb Pearled Couscous.
Rice pilaf products: Original Rice Pilaf, Brown Rice Pilaf, Lentil Rice Pilaf, Chicken Rice Pilaf, Spanish Rice Pilaf, Garlic & Herb Rice Pilaf, Roasted Chicken and Garlic Rice Pilaf, Original Long Grain and Wild Rice, Garlic and Herb Long Grain and Wild Rice, Roasted Vegetable & Chicken Long Grain & Wild Rice, Sesame Ginger Rice, Toasted Almond Rice Pilaf, and Wild Mushroom & Herb Rice Pilaf.
Whole grain, quinoa and tabouleh products: Roasted Red Pepper & Basil Quinoa, Rosemary & Olive Oil Quinoa, Zesty Lemon Quinoa, Mediterranean Medley Quinoa, Roasted Pecan and Garlic, and Tabouleh Mix.
Near East brand Plain Couscous is not included in this Settlement.
Who is eligible for a refund?
If you purchased any of the following Near East brand products in California at any time from October 28, 2012 to May 8, 2020, you may be entitled to receive money from this Settlement.
Is a receipt required?
If you do not have receipts, then you can still file a claim.
Should I be worried about this product?
No. This lawsuit is about alleged excessive amounts of empty space in the packages (also called “nonfunctional slack fill”). In other words, the plaintiff claims this is unlawful and deceptive advertising. However, the product is safe to use.
How much will I get back?
The refund amount is as follows:
With proof of purchase, you can claim $1.25 per box. And, there’s no limit to how many you can claim.
With no proof of purchase, you can claim $1.25 per box for up to 6 boxes. In other words, a total of $7.50 can be claimed without receipts.
When will I get my check?
Refund checks to eligible consumers will likely be mailed in late 2020. They have not set an exact date yet.
What’s the deadline to file a claim?
Monday, August 24, 2020
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