Ocean Spray has agreed to pay $5.4 million to resolve claims that some of their juices are falsely advertised as containing “no artificial flavors.”
The settlement benefits individuals who purchased certain Ocean Spray products between Jan. 1, 2011 and Jan. 31, 2020. A full list of included products is available in the “Who’s Eligible” section below.
In November 2017, plaintiffs filed an Ocean Spray class action lawsuit alleging that the company wrongfully represented their products as containing “No High Fructose Corn Syrup, Artificial Colors or Flavors.” These advertisements were allegedly false and made to deceive consumers into purchasing the products.
The plaintiffs claim Ocean Spray juice products contain a synthetic ingredient known as malic acid. Malic acid produces a tart flavor in food. Although there is a naturally derived form of malic acid, the Ocean Spray class action asserts that the juice products used the synthetic form of malic acid derived from petrochemicals.
Ocean Spray agreed to resolve the claims against them in a $5.4 million settlement, although the company has not admitted to any wrongdoing.
The settlement will provide $1 in cash for each bottle purchased. Up to 20 bottles can be claimed by a household, for a maximum payment of $20.
In order to benefit from the settlement, Class Members need to file a valid claim form by July 10, 2020. The deadline for exclusion and objection is July 1, 2020. The final approval hearing for the Ocean Spray class action settlement is scheduled for July 31, 2020.
Individuals who purchased certain Ocean Spray products between Jan. 1, 2011 and Jan. 31, 2020.
The following products are included in the settlement: Cran-Apple, Cran-Grape, 100% Apple Juice Drink, Cran-Raspberry, Wave Apple with White Cranberries, Berry Medley, Cran-Cherry, Cran-Pineapple, Cran-Pomegranate, Diet Cran-Pomegranate, Diet Cran-Cherry, 100% Juice Cranberry Cherry Flavor, Cran-Strawberry, Diet Blueberry, Diet Cranberry with Lime, Cran-Lemonade, Classic Tea White Cranberry Peach, Cran-Tea White Cranberry Peach, Classic Tea Cranberry, Cran-Tea Cranberry, 100% Premium Juice Cranberry Apple, 100% Cranberry Concord Grape, 100% Juice Cranberry Raspberry, 100% Juice Cranberry Pomegranate, 100% Juice Tropical Citrus Fruit & Vegetable, Light Tropical Citrus Fruit & Vegetable, 100% Juice Cranberry Pomegranate Blueberry Fruit & Vegetable, Pink Cranberry Passionfruit Juice Drink, 100% Juice Cranberry Mango, Pink Lite Cranberry Juice Drink, Light Cran-Mango, Pink Cranberry Juice Drink, Pink Lite Cranberry Juice Drink, Pink Cranberry Juice Drink, Ruby Pomegranate, Diet Cran-Tea, 100% Juice Cranberry Pineapple, Diet Cran-Pineapple, Mocktails Tropical Citrus, Cran-America, Pink Cranberry Juice Drink, Cranharvest Cranberry Apple Cider, Diet Cran-Raspberry, Diet Cran-Apple, Diet Cranberry, Diet Cran-Grape, Cranberry Cranenergy, Diet Ruby Red, New Light 50 Cranberry Grape, Sparkling Citrus Tangerine, Cranenergy Sparkling Diet Cranberry, Ruby Cherry, Cherry Juice Cocktail, Cranenergy Sparkling Cranberry, Sparkling Pink Cranberry Juice Drink, Pom Blue Sparkling Beverage, Sparkling Cranberry, Diet Pom Blue Sparkling Beverage, Sparkling Diet Cranberry, Sparkling Cran-Raspberry, Sparkling Cran-Grape, Diet Cran-Lemonade, Cran-Mango, Ruby Cranberry, 100% Citrus Tangerine Orange, 100% Citrus Mango Pineapple, Cran-Tropical Juice Drink, Light Cranberry Apple, Diet Cran-Mango, Light Ruby Red, Blueberry Juice Cocktail, Blueberry Pomegranate, Diet Blueberry Pomegranate, Light Cran-Pomegranate, Raspberry Cranenergy, New Light 50 Cranberry Raspberry, Pomegranate Cranenergy, Wave Mango Pineapple, and Diet Cran-Blackberry.
$1 per bottle purchased, with up to 20 bottles allowed per household. Payments per household are capped at $20.
Proof of Purchase
Dates and locations of purchases.
NOTE: If you do not qualify for this settlement do NOT file a claim.
Remember: you are submitting your claim under penalty of perjury. You are also harming other eligible Class Members by submitting a fraudulent claim. If you’re unsure if you qualify, please read the FAQ section of the Settlement Administrator’s website to ensure you meet all standards (Top Class Actions is not a Settlement Administrator). If you don’t qualify for this settlement, check out our database of other open class action settlements you may be eligible for.
Claim Form Deadline
Crystal Hilsley, et al. v. Ocean Spray Cranberries Inc., et al., Case No. 3:17-cv-02335, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
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