You could receive up to $200 from a class action settlement if you
purchased Blue Buffalo pet foods or treats.
A proposed settlement has been reached in a class action lawsuit
claiming Blue Buffalo Company, Ltd. (“Blue Buffalo”) pet foods (the “Products”)
labeling was false and deceptive and that it falsely claimed that the Products
do not include chicken/poultry by-product meals, corn, wheat or soy, or
artificial preservatives. Blue Buffalo stands by its labeling and denies it did
anything wrong. However, Blue Buffalo has settled to avoid the cost and
distraction of litigation.
Who is a Class Member?
You are a Class Member if you purchased any
of the Blue Buffalo Products in the United States from May 7, 2008 through
December 18, 2015. A complete list of
eligible Blue Buffalo Products can be found on the "Product List" in
the 'Documents' section of this website.
What does the settlement provide?
funds of up to $32,000,000 will be made available to partially reimburse Class
Members for the Products they purchased and to pay legal fees of not more than
$8,000,000, and expenses and administrative costs of not more than $1,400,000.
Blue Buffalo has also agreed to review specifications for all Blue Buffalo
Products to ensure that they are consistent with all packaging claims found on
the product and representations regarding the products found on the Blue
Buffalo Website, and to review its supplier relationships and institute
practices designed to ensure that all materials provided by its suppliers
comply with the applicable product specifications.
Class Members may choose one of the following options:
Settlement Class Members must complete a
Claim Form. If you do not have valid
Proof of Purchase you must (i) confirm under penalty of perjury that you
purchased one or more Blue Buffalo Products during the Settlement Class Period,
and (ii) state the total amount of money that you spent on Blue Buffalo
Products during the Settlement Class Period. For each $50 in purchases,
eligible Class Members will receive $5.00 in the form of a cash payment up to a
total of $10. A Settlement Class Member who confirms that they purchased one or
more Blue Buffalo Products but did not spend at least $50 will be entitled to
receive a $5.00 cash payment;
Settlement Class Members who complete the
Claim Form and provide valid Proof of Purchase, shall receive $5.00 in the form
of a cash payment for each $50 in purchases of the Blue Buffalo Products up to
a total recovery of $200.
If the total value of claims submitted exceeds or falls short of
the balance remaining in the Settlement Fund, then the compensation provided to
each Settlement Class Member shall be reduced or increased pro rata.
Class Members must mail or submit a completed claim form online
by April 14, 2016.
What are my other Options?
you will not receive money but you will
be bound by the decisions of the Court regarding these claims, including
certain releases of Blue Buffalo.
Exclude yourself: you will maintain
your right to sue Blue Buffalo about the legal claims in this case. To exclude
yourself, you must do so in writing by April 14, 2016. If you exclude yourself you will not
receive money from this settlement.
Object: You may object to the settlement. To object, you must do so in writing by April 14, 2016.
For instructions on how to exclude yourself or object to the settlement, click on 'Frequently Asked Questions" and choose "What are my options?"
The Court will hold a fairness hearing at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday,
May 19, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of
Missouri, 111 South 10th Street, St. Louis, Missouri 63102 in Courtroom 16
South to determine the fairness, adequacy, and reasonableness of the
Settlement, to consider whether to approve the Settlement, and to consider a
request by Class Counsel for payment of attorneys’ fees and costs and class
representative incentive awards. The motion for attorneys’ fees and costs and
plaintiff incentive awards will be posted on this website after they are filed.
You may appear at the hearing, but you don’t have to.
This is only a summary. For
complete details, including a list of affected products, a claim form, and
detailed court documents and other information, call toll-free 1 (844)
245-3772, visit the 'Documents' section of this website, or write to Blue
Buffalo Settlement, c/o Heffler Claims Group, P.O. Box 58730, Philadelphia, PA
NOT CALL OR WRITE THE COURT, THE COURT CLERK’S OFFICE, BLUE BUFFALO, OR
BLUE BUFFALO’S COUNSEL FOR MORE INFORMATION.