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A class action lawsuit involving Tom’s of Maine, Inc. (“Tom’s”) received preliminary settlement approval in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida on September 9, 2015.
Under the proposed settlement, all persons who purchased at least one Tom’s of Maine Covered Product from March 25, 2009 through September 23, 2015 are potential class members and may be entitled to participate in a proposed class action settlement.
Qualifying class members who submit valid and timely Claim Form postmarked, faxed, or submitted online on or before May 7, 2016 may be eligible to receive a cash refund.
The lawsuit – known as Allison Gay, et al. v. Tom’s of Maine, Inc. – challenges the labeling and advertising of Tom’s of Maine products. The plaintiffs in the lawsuit allege Tom’s of Maine mislabeled its Covered Products by describing them as “natural.” Tom’s denies all the plaintiffs’ allegations and is entering into this settlement to avoid burdensome and costly litigation. The settlement is not an admission of wrongdoing.
The Court has scheduled a Final Approval Hearing (“Fairness Hearing”) for January 28, 2016 to decide whether to approve the settlement. At this hearing, the Judge will consider whether the settlement is fair, reasonable and adequate. If there are objections, the Judge will consider them. The Judge will listen to people who have asked to speak at the hearing. After the hearing, the Judge will decide whether to approve the settlement. We do not know how long this decision will take.
As a potential Class Member, you may submit a claim be eligible to receive benefits, request exclusion from the Settlement class, file an objection with the Court and ask to speak at the hearing if you wish, or do nothing.
IF YOU ARE A CLASS MEMBER AND YOU WISH TO BE ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE A CASH REFUND, YOU MUST FILE A CLAIM ONLINE OR BY FAX, OR BY POSTMARKED BY MAIL NO LATER THAN May 7, 2016. TO PROCEED ONLINE, PRESS THE BUTTON BELOW.
To learn more about the terms of the proposed Settlement and how your legal rights may be affected, you should view the Settlement Documents and answers to the Frequently Asked Questions provided on this website.