Trader Joe's class action settlement

Trader Joe’s Co. has agreed to settle a class action lawsuit alleging it deceptively labeled some of its products as “All Natural” or “100% Natural.” If you purchased Trader Joe’s products with these labels between Oct. 24, 2007 and Feb. 6, 2014, you could receive payment from the Trader Joe’s class action settlement.

Who’s Eligible

Class Members of the Trader Joe’s class action settlement include anyone who, between Oct. 24, 2007 and Feb. 6, 2014, purchased Trader Joe’s food products that were labeled “All Natural” or “100% Natural” but allegedly contained synthetic ingredients.

The products covered by the class action settlement include:

  • Joe-Joe’s Chocolate Vanilla Crème Cookies
  • Joe-Joe’s Chocolate Sandwich Crème Cookies
  • Trader Joe’s Jumbo Cinnamon Rolls
  • Trader Joe’s Buttermilk Biscuits
  • Trader Giotto’s 100% Natural Fat Free Ricotta Cheese
  • Trader Joe’s Fresh Pressed Apple Juice
Potential Award

Class Members who submit timely Claim Forms will be eligible to receive payment for up to 10 total purchases of any of the following products:

  • Joe-Joe’s Chocolate Vanilla Crème Cookies ($2.70)
  • Joe-Joe’s Chocolate Sandwich Crème Cookies ($2.70)
  • Trader Joe’s Jumbo Cinnamon Rolls ($3.99)
  • Trader Joe’s Buttermilk Biscuits ($2.93)
  • Trader Giotto’s 100% Natural Fat Free Ricotta Cheese ($3.62)
  • Trader Joe’s Fresh Pressed Apple Juice ($2.79)

Class Members who provide proof of purchase can receive compensation for more than 10 total purchases of these products.

Proof of Purchase

Proof of Purchase is not required for claims of 10 or fewer products. Class Members who wish to submit claims for more than 10 total products must also submit valid proof of purchase, such as receipts or other documentation, for each additional product claim.

Claim Form Deadline

6/16/2014

Case Name

Larsen, et al. v. Trader Joe’s Company, Case No. 3:11-cv-05188-WHO, in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

Case Summary

The Trader Joe’s class action settlement will resolve a class action lawsuit that alleged certain Trader Joe’s products were improperly labeled, marketed, supplied and sold as “All Natural” and/or “100% Natural” even though they contained one or more of the allegedly synthetic ingredients: ascorbic acid, cocoa processed with alkali, sodium acid pyrophosphate, xanthan gum, vegetable monoglycerides and vegetable diglycerides.

Trader Joes denies the allegations and asserts that its products’ labels were truthful, not misleading, and consistent with the law. However, the company agreed to settle the class action lawsuit to avoid the expense, inconvenience and burden of protracted litigation. The proposed class action settlement was preliminarily approved in February.

Final Hearing

7/9/2014

Settlement Website
Claims Administrator

Trader Joe’s Settlement
P.O. Box 3063
Fairbault, MN 55021-2663
info@tjallnaturalclassaction.com
1-855-793-1363

Class Counsel

Michael D. Braun
BRAUN LAW GROUP PC

Joseph N. Kravec, Jr.
FEINSTEIN DOYLE PAYNE & KRAVEC LLC

Janet Lindner Spielberg
LAW OFFICE OF JANET LINDNER SPIELBERG

Defense Counsel

N/A

UPDATE: The Trader Joe’s ‘All Natural’ class action settlement received final approval on July 11, 2014.

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9 Comments

  • Top Class Actions July 16, 2014

    UPDATE: The Trader Joe’s ‘All Natural’ class action settlement received final approval on July 11, 2014.

    • Jessica July 23, 2014

      So how long does it take after the final approval before individuals receive compensation?

  • FL Girl September 12, 2014

    Jessica here’s the answer to your question:

    UPDATE: Objectors have filed two appeals of the Court’s July 11, 2014 Final Judgment and Order, which approved the terms of the settlement and granted Plaintiffs’ requests for attorneys’ fees and costs. Appellants’ opening briefs are presently due in November 2014. Resolving these appeals may take several months or even years. While these appeals are pending, the settlement is not final and the settlement funds cannot be distributed to claimants. Rust will continue to provide updates regarding the status of the appeals. Please check back here for further updates.

  • Denise October 9, 2014

    If I have changed my address, how do I update it after making a claim?

  • for Denise October 14, 2014

    Try emailing info@tjallnaturalclassaction.com might take awhile to get a response back but they should update everything for you.

  • Brandi December 4, 2014

    Has anyone received payment from this settlement yet? It was final in July and now is Dec…..

  • Pam W. December 6, 2014

    This case is still pending in court.

  • Kelrok December 15, 2014

    Expect checks around Mid-March in this case. It’s been approved but always a few quirks to iron out before actual checks will be sent out, like lawyer fees

  • Kim December 19, 2014

    Kelrok–What the heck are you talking about. You post on every class action the same info. March?? You know nothing. Stop posting please.

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