Legal Notice: If you purchased ice cream containing alkalized cocoa labeled Ben & Jerry's All Natural between September 28, 2006 and March 30, 2012, Or Breyers All Natural or Breyers Smooth & Dreamy 1/2 Fat All Natural between November 4, 2004 and March 30, 2012, you could get a payment from a class action settlement.
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LOS ANGELES, June 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Two settlements have been proposed in class action lawsuits alleging that Ben & Jerry's Homemade, Inc. and Conopco, Inc. d/b/a UNILEVER, GOOD HUMOR-BREYERS, and BREYERS ("Unilever") mislabeled their ice cream products as "all natural" when they contained synthetic ingredients.
The United States District Court for the Northern District of California authorized this notice. Before any money is paid, the Court will have a hearing to decide whether to approve the settlements.
Who is included?
All consumers who purchased ice cream containing alkalized cocoa labeled Ben & Jerry's All Natural between September 28, 2006 and March 30, 2012, or Breyers All Natural or Breyers Smooth & Dreamy 1/2 Fat All Natural between November 4, 2004 and March 30, 2012.
What is this about?
The lawsuits claim that Ben & Jerry's and Breyers have represented their Ice Cream products as being "all natural" despite the fact that they contain alkalized cocoa – a non-natural processed ingredient that contains potassium carbonate, a man made, synthetic ingredient.
What do the settlements provide?
The Settlements provide restitution of $5,000,000 for Ben & Jerry's Class Members and $2,500,000 for Breyers Class Members. Class Members who timely submit valid Claim Forms are entitled to receive a cash payment of two dollars ($2.00) per unit of Ben & Jerry's or Breyers Ice Cream purchased. Class members who claim for more than three (3) units of ice cream must submit proof of purchase. The details of the Settlements are set forth fully in the Settlement agreements, which are available for review at www.icecreamsettlement.com.
Who represents you?
The Court appointed the law firms Stember Feinstein Doyle Payne & Kravec, LLC, Braun Law Group, P.C., the Law Offices of Janet Lindner Spielberg and Gardy & Notis, LLP to represent you as "Class Counsel."
What are your options?
If you don't want to be legally bound by the Settlements, you must exclude yourself by August 15, 2012, or you won't be able to sue, or continue to sue, Unilever or related parties about the legal claims in this case. If you exclude yourself, you can't get money from these settlements.
If you stay in either Settlement, you may object to it by August 15, 2012. The detailed notice explains how to exclude yourself or object. The Court will hold a hearing at 9:00 a.m. on September 12, 2012 at the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, located at the Oakland Courthouse, 1301 Clay Street, Oakland, CA 94612 before the Honorable Phyllis J. Hamilton in Courtroom 3, 3rd Floor. The Court will consider whether to approve the Settlements and whether to grant Co-Lead Counsel's request for attorneys' fees and costs of $1,250,000 for the Ben & Jerry's Settlement and $625,000 for the Breyers Settlement. You do not need to retain an attorney or attend the hearing, although you have the right to do so.
How can I get more information?
You can get a detailed notice and other information by calling toll free 1-800-870-7192, visiting www.icecreamsettlement.com, or writing to Claims Administrator, c/o Rust Consulting, Inc., PO Box 2697, Faribault, MN 55021-9697.
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