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.

UPDATE 2: Checks for the Trader Joe’s class action settlement were mailed Dec. 23. Congratulations to our viewers who filed claims and got paid!

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49 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?

    • Nancy December 29, 2014

      Recieve my check for $32.50 in jacksonville Fl.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • tameka hardman December 23, 2014

    THE CHECKS WENT OUT TODAY!! :-) :-) THEY GAVE A UPDATE ON 12/22/2014 APPEALS HAVE BEEN RESOLVED PEOPLE SO MAYBE FRIDAY!! OR SATURDAY CHECK YOUR MAIL

  • tameka hardman December 23, 2014

    THAT DOESN’T MEAN EVERYONE WILL GET ONE APPLIED OR NOT!! :-)

  • sharp301 December 24, 2014

    Yep, its about that time to head out toward the mailbox. lol Merry Christmas to everyone that gets one including myself.lol

  • sharp301 December 24, 2014

    yep, its about that time to head out to the mailbox..lol

  • lisa December 26, 2014

    Recieved $38.05 today in NJ

  • kay December 26, 2014

    Payments on valid claims were mailed on December 23, 2014. If your claim was rejected, you will be sent a notification giving the reason for the rejection.

  • R. Singh December 26, 2014

    Received $39.90 today in Atl, GA

  • Simone December 26, 2014

    Check came today for $34. . . in GA

  • pepsigalrocks December 27, 2014

    yeah!! got my check in mail for $30.00 My husband got his for $28.18.The checks were issued on 12/30/2014.we are in the state of illinois.So be patient you will et your check soon!!!

  • dd December 27, 2014

    got 39.90 postcard check today

  • Dan December 27, 2014

    Received post card check today in Missouri for $30.45

  • Davina December 27, 2014

    Got $27.90

  • skippydog December 27, 2014

    Got 29.02 in PA today 12/27. Check says “DO NOT CONVERT TO ACH” which I have never seen before.

    • Robert Harris December 27, 2014

      What does “ACH” mean mine said that too? Got it 12-27-14 for $31.40 .a post card check also surprised thy cashed it, cause it did not look like a check, which I would have gotten it before CHRISTMAS oh wells am happy I got it cause it being the last of the month and CHRISTMAS I was one broke “MF” HAHA LOL !!

  • stl6 December 27, 2014

    Chk arrived 12/27/14 – MO post card size

  • Mikey December 27, 2014

    Colorado $39.40

  • Susan December 28, 2014

    Receive and post card check for 38.05 in Maine.

  • Deb December 28, 2014

    Received a check for $36.99 from IL.

  • dana December 29, 2014

    received check today $32.00 fl

  • cjd1467 December 29, 2014

    Received $33.86 in MA. today

  • 4Tom-891 December 29, 2014

    Received mine today in Chucotown, Texas U.S.A. $39.90 Good for a tankful of premium petro.

  • lee December 29, 2014

    Received check in fl $29.35

  • Kat December 29, 2014

    $33.08 in the mail today.

  • missy December 29, 2014

    got mine saturday $30.12 in CA

  • Darryl Robert Small December 29, 2014

    Received 36 and change!!

  • risapoo33 December 29, 2014

    Me and my son received our check 2days ago. One was 35 the other 38

  • ANGEL IN CALIFORNIA December 29, 2014

    GOT A POSTCARD CHECK TODAY FOR $31.88. THANK GOD AND T.C.A.

  • dee December 29, 2014

    Received $39.76 in northern California today

  • Ross December 29, 2014

    Received check today 11/29 in il for $35.10

  • stephanie December 30, 2014

    Recvd. 34.00 in caLI

    • linda December 30, 2014

      recvd, 39.90 LA. 12/29/14

  • Top Class Actions December 30, 2014

    UPDATE: Checks for the Trader Joe’s class action settlement were mailed Dec. 23. Congratulations to our viewers who filed claims and got paid!

  • cella13 December 30, 2014

    Received a $34.06 postcard check in San Antonio, TX. Thanks to this site!

  • Marsh December 30, 2014

    Received a check in the mail today for $30. However, bank would not let me cash it because there was no place to endorse it on the back. Did anyone else have this problem? Very upset.

    • Chelsea January 5, 2015

      @Marsh, I’ve received quite a few of these postcard sized checks. I just sign the back where one would normally endorse. I’ve never had an issue.

  • Sharron conner December 30, 2014

    Received my check Monday 39.90

  • ACE January 3, 2015

    Received check for $31.19 Florida

  • John January 3, 2015

    Received check for $31.19 today in Jacksonville FL

  • katy d January 8, 2015

    still havent rec my check makes me worry

  • Kim December 25, 2014

    Keirok—Stop posting on every site. You know nothing.

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