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Class Action Lawsuit Settlement Case(s): James Gemelas, et al. v. The Dannon Company, Inc., et al., Case No. 1:08-cv-00236, United States District Court for the Norther District of Ohio
Website Link to access the Class Action Lawsuit Settlement and get YOUR Stake (GO HERE TO SUBMIT YOUR CLAIM ONLINE): Settlement Administrator Website
Address of Class Action Lawsuit Settlement Administrator to submit a claim form (NOT REQUIRED):
Dublin, OH 43017-4220
Details: The Dannon Activia Yogurt Class Action Lawsuit Settlement claimed that Dannon falsely advertised the health benefits of its Activia® and DanActive® branded products. Dannon Activia Yogurt was sold nationwide beginning in February 2006. Dannon’s DanActive drink was sold nationwide beginning in January 2007. So what can you claim? You can claim up to $100 with proof of purchase, $30 without proof of purchase if you send in a paper claim form or $15 if you file an online claim form. The claim process is relatively straight forward. We’ll just detail the online claim form as it’s expected that 90% or more of claims will be made online. Please note, the max you’ll receive doing this is $15. The claim process is the same for those looking for more, they’ll just want to send in a paper claim form (also available at the Settlement Administrator Website) and send it in (including proof of purchase if attempting to claim more than $30.)
Head over to the Dannon Activia Class Action Lawsuit Settlement Administrator Website and click on “Claim Form.” Follow the prompts and you’ll soon be filling out the Online Claim Form. On the claim form you must include all of your contact information. Make sure it’s accurate! You’ll also have to fill in the products purchased, date of purchase, and price paid per product. Per the Settlement Administrator Website, the average prices of Dannon Activia and DanActive products are below:
Activia 4pk $2.39
Activia 8pk $4.77
Activia 12pk $6.82
Activia Fiber $2.39
Activia Light 4pk $2.41
Activia Light 8pk $4.73
Activia Light 12pk $6.81
Activia Drinks $3.50
Activia Quarts $2.87
Activia Light Quarts $2.77
DanActive 4pk $2.36
DanActive Light 4pk $2.45
DanActive 8pk $4.81
DanActive Light 8pk $4.81
After you have submitted the information you will have the opportunity to upload scanned copies of your receipts showing you purchased Dannon Activa or DanActive yogurt products. Remember, if you are claiming up to $15 worth of purchases you will not be required to submit paperwork showing a proof of purchase. You can just click on Continue from the Upload screen. Next you’ll have to enter your name to act as a digital signature. That’s it! You’re done! Kick back, hope the Dannon Activa Class Action Lawsuit Settlement doesn’t get challenged and wait for your $15 check.
If you are claiming up to $30 you need to print out a paper claim form, sign it, and send it in. If you are claiming up to $100 in Dannon Activia or DanActive purchases you must print out the paper claim form, fill it out completely, include receipts or other proof of purchase, and send it in. Now head over to the Dannon Activia Class Action Settlement Administrator Website and submit your claim! Good luck!
Purchased From: Anytime until 4/23/2010
Claims Accepted Until (YOU MUST SUBMIT YOUR CLAIM BY THIS DATE!): 10/1/2010
Class Action Lawsuit Settlement Amount(s): $35,000,000 = $24,494,000 (cash to be distributed to the class) + $500,000 (Settlement Expenses – Estimate) + $5,000 (Lead/Named Plaintiff who was deposed) + $1,000 (if not deposed) or $7,500 (if deposed) per Lead/Named Plaintiff + $10,000,000 Attorney Fees/Expenses
Settlement Administrator(s): Garden City Group, Inc.
Timothy G. Blood
Blood Hurst & O’Reardon LLP
John R. Climaco
The Climaco Law Firm
Jayne A. Goldstein
Shepherd Finkelman Miller & Shah, LLP
Jonathan M. Stein
Coughlin Stoia Geller Rudman & Robbins LLP
Frank Piscitelli Co., LPA
Beth H. Parker
Arnold & Porter
TCA Staff Tidbit: Who doesn’t love Yogurt? It’s good, and good for you! No one is disputing that fact. In this class action the dispute seems to arise from claims that Dannon Activia yogurt and DanActive yogurt are “clinically proven” to help your digestive system. While some of the ingredients in Dannon Activia and DanActive yogurts are show to have a posivite effect on the immune system we weren’t able to find any independent clinical studies which show that the Dannon product itself has this effect.
That’s why these types of class action lawsuits are getting settled. Unless you have performed an independent, heavily verified, clinical study it’s typically unlawful to claim that your product helps your body in a specific way. In addition, if you are going to make these claims, often times they need to be approved by the FDA. While the claims may help sales they tend to mislead the consumer buying the product. Now, lets get serious, a $35,000,000 class action settlement to Dannon is just a drop in the bucket when it comes to Activia sales and won’t hurt them much (though it sure will get the point accross!) If you purchase Activia yogurt, make sure to submit your claim! Don’t miss out, especially since online claims are accepted! Head over to the Dannon Activia Class Action Lawsuit Settlement Administrator Website now.
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