A California federal judge has preliminarily approved a $1 million class action settlement deal between Heel Inc. and consumers who allege the homeopathy company overstated the effectiveness of its Traumeel Heel Gel and Zeel Arthritic Pain & Stiffness ointment.
U.S. District Judge Gonzalo P. Curiel granted preliminary approval to the Heel homeopathic settlement – reached in August 2013 – on Oct. 30. Judge Curiel also certified a Class consisting of all U.S. consumers who purchased Traumeel Heel Gel and Zeel Arthritic Pain & Stiffness ointment since Dec. 21, 2008.
The class action settlement resolves allegations that Heel made false and misleading statements regarding the homeopathic products, including that they were “natural,” “clinically proven,” and “doctor recommended.”
In court documents, Heel said it “vigorously denies any wrongdoing or liability” but has agreed to resolve the litigation to avoid the expense and uncertainty of going to trial.
The Heel homeopathic class action settlement is still subject to final approval, which will be determined at a March 7, 2014, Final Fairness Hearing.
Under the terms of the class action settlement, Heel will reimburse eligible consumers who purchased these products during the Class Period. Consumers with proof of purchase (such as a receipt or product packaging) will receive up to $25 per product, subject of a cap of $150 per Claimant. Those without proof may claim up to $100 per household.
A Settlement Website will be established by Nov. 14, according to court documents. Top Class Actions will update our readers on claim filing instructions as soon as they’re available. Keep checking www.TopClassActions.com or sign up for our free weekly e-newsletter below to receive updates on this settlement and other class action lawsuit news.
The Heel Homeopathy Class Action Lawsuit Settlement is Robert A. Mason v. Heel Inc., Case No. 3:12-cv-03056, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California.
Plaintiffs are represented by Ronald A. Marron, Skye Resendes and Alexis M. Wood of the Law Offices of Ronald A. Marron, APLC.
UPDATE 1: Details on how to file a claim for the Heel homeopathic products class action settlement are up! See how to file a claim to receive up to $150 here.
UPDATE 2: A federal judge approved the Mason v. Heel class action settlement on March 13, 2014. The Settlement Administrator says it expects to begin distribution of settlement funds in late July 2014. If you get a payment, let us know!
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