Organix Shampoo Maker Agrees to $6.5M Class Action Settlement
By Anne Bucher
UPDATE: Details on how to file a claim for the Organix Class Action Lawsuit Settlement are now available!
The maker of Organix skin and hair care products has agreed to pay $6.5 million to settle a class action lawsuit over claims that it falsely labeled its products as organic. The Organix class action settlement was filed in California federal court on August 22 and resolves all claims related to its allegedly deceptive marketing and advertising practices.
Under the terms of the Organix settlement, defendant Vogue International will pay $6.5 million into a fund set aside to compensate consumers who purchased Organix products. Class Members who submit valid claims are eligible to receive $4 for each Organix product they purchased, up to a maximum of $28. The class action settlement will also prohibit Vogue from manufacturing skin and hair care products under the Organix brand. The company also agreed to stop using the term “organic” on a product label unless at least 70 percent of its ingredients are organically produced.
The Organix class action lawsuit was initially filed by Andrea Golloher, Roberta Chase, Michael Shapiro and Brenda Brown in Alameda County Superior Court in 2012. In November, Vogue removed the case to California federal court. Vogue moved to dismiss the class action lawsuit, arguing that the plaintiffs lacked standing to bring breach of warranty claims in Florida, New Jersey, Ohio and Texas because they had not purchased Organix products in those states. They agreed to settle the lawsuit before the judge ruled on their motion to dismiss, although Vogue continues to deny that its marketing and advertising was false or misleading.
In an amended version of the class action lawsuit, the plaintiffs claimed that the name “Organix” was misleading, and that the products contained only 10 percent organic ingredients. They allege that they would not have paid the higher price for the products had they known that they were not truly organic. When making the decision to buy the hair and skin care products, they relied on the front and back labels, which stated that the products contained organic ingredients.
The Organix class action settlement was reached after an all-day mediation session with Randall W. Wulff, a highly-respected mediator in Oakland, California. Organix products typically sell for $7.99, but Vogue often offers the products at a “buy one get one free” discount. In the class action settlement, the parties agreed that a reimbursement of $4 per product was fair. They also agreed that future purchasers of the Organix product line would be protected by the injunction preventing Vogue from making misleading statements about organic ingredients in its products.
Under the terms of the Organix settlement, Class Members include “all individuals in the United States who purchased at least one of Vogue’s Organix brand hair care and/or skin care products from October 25, 2008 to the date notice to the Class is first published.”
Details on how to file a claim for the Organix class action settlement were not immediately available. Top Class Actions will update our readers when a Settlement Administrator website is established. Keep checking Top Class Actions or sign up for our free weekly e-newsletter below to receive settlement updates. [UPDATE: Claim filing instructions are now up! See our detailed instructions.]
The plaintiffs are represented by Mark N. Todzo, Howard Hirsch and Lisa Burger of Lexington Law Group.
The Organix Class Action Lawsuit is Golloher, et al. v. Todd Christopher International Inc. dba Vogue International, Case No. 3:12-cv-06002-RS, in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.
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