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|General Mills Reaches $8.5M YoPlus Class Action Settlement|
- Tuesday, 05 February 2013 10:00
General Mills Reaches $8.5M YoPlus Class Action Settlement
By Sarah Pierce
General Mills yesterday agreed to pay $8.5 million to settle a class action lawsuit accusing the company of falsely advertising the digestive health benefits of its YoPlus probiotic yogurt.
The YoPlus settlement will resolve a 2010 class action lawsuit, titled Johnson v. General Mills Inc., that alleges consumers were deceived into paying more for YoPlus based on misleading claims that it provides additional digestive health benefits over other yogurt products.
Under the YoPlus class action settlement, consumer who purchased YoPlus will be entitled to $4 each for each unit they purchased. Any unclaimed funds from the $8.5 million class action lawsuit settlement will be distributed to the National Consumer Law Center and the Mayo Clinic, which will support Mayo’s nationwide public education efforts around nutrition and gastrointestinal health.
"Considering the strengths and weakness of this case, including the amount of potential damages available to the class after trial here and in other jurisdictions around the United States, the settlement represents an excellent result and includes relief for purchasers of YoPlus on a nationwide basis,” the plaintiffs said in a motion to approve the settlement.
The plaintiffs noted in the motion that some consumers would receive more in return than they initially paid for the yogurt under the proposed class action settlement agreement.
Details on how to file a claim for the YoPlus Probiotic Yogurt Class Action Lawsuit Settlement can be found at www.YoPlusSettlement.com.
The case is Jeremiah Johnson v. General Mills Inc. et al., Case No. 10-cv-00061, U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.
Updated March 27th, 2013
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Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 March 2013 09:57