Important Dates and Documents:
July 20, 2016 - Claim Form must be filed on-line, or if through the mail, postmarked by this date.
August 24, 2016 - Request for Exclusion must be postmarked by this date.
August 24, 2016 - Objection must be postmarked by this date.
September 30, 2016 at 1:30 PM - Final Hearing.
IF YOU BOUGHT CERTAIN ANNIE CHUN’S PRODUCTS LABELED “NO MSG ADDED” BETWEEN NOVEMBER 19, 2012 AND March 23, 2016, YOU COULD RECEIVE A CASH PAYMENT FROM A CLASS ACTION SETTLEMENT.
DESCRIPTION OF THE LAWSUIT
The notice informs you of a proposed settlement in a class action lawsuit alleging that CJ America, Inc. (“CJ”) mislabeled certain Annie Chun’s products as “NO MSG ADDED.” (See FAQs Question 2.) CJ denies that it did anything wrong or unlawful, and asserts that the product labels at issue were truthful, not misleading, and consistent with the law. Plaintiff believes the alleged claims are strong. The Court did not rule in favor of either party. Plaintiff entered into the settlement to avoid the delay, risks, and increased costs associated with continued litigation and believes the settlement is in the best interests of the Class. CJ entered into a settlement solely to avoid the further expense, inconvenience, and distraction of any burdensome and protracted litigation and to eliminate future controversy with respect to this lawsuit. Accordingly, the parties have agreed to a proposed settlement, and CJ has agreed, under the terms of the settlement, to provide you with an opportunity to submit a valid and timely Claim Form through which you may be eligible to receive monetary compensation.
All persons in the United States and United States Territories who purchased at retail, from the period November 19, 2012 through March 23, 2016, certain Annie Chun’s Noodle Bowls, Soup Bowls, and Ramen House products labeled “NO MSG ADDED” (the “Subject Products”) are included in the proposed settlement. (See FAQs Question 7.)
If you are eligible, you may be entitled to a cash payment of up to $15.00 if you do not have Proof of Purchase. If you have valid Proof of Purchase for each Subject Product you purchased during the Class Period, you may be entitled to receive more than a $15.00 cash reward. The “Class Period” is the period from November 19, 2012 through March 23, 2016.
Your legal rights are affected whether you act or not. Read the notice carefully because it explains decisions you must make and actions you must take now.
SUMMARY OF YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS AND OPTIONS IN THIS SETTLEMENT
Get no payment. Give up your rights to sue CJ regarding any of the claims at issue in this case.
SUBMIT A CLAIM FORM
Submitting a Claim Form by July 20, 2016 is the only way to get a payment. (See FAQs Question 14.)
Exclude yourself by August 24, 2016 and get no payment from the proposed settlement. This is the only choice that allows you to ever be part of any other lawsuit against CJ about the claims at issue in this case. (See FAQs Question 17.)
You can write to the Court by August 24, 2016 about why you don’t like the settlement and why you don’t think it should be approved. (See FAQs Question 22.)
GO TO A HEARING
You can ask by August 24, 2016 to speak in Court about the fairness of the proposed settlement. (See FAQs Question 26.)
These rights and options—and the deadlines to exercise them—are explained in the notice. The deadlines may be moved, cancelled or otherwise modified, so please check back regularly for updates and further details.
The Court in charge of this case still has to decide whether to approve the proposed settlement. If it does, and after any appeals are resolved in favor of the settlement, payments will be distributed to those who qualify. Please be patient.
If you do not exclude yourself from the Class, the proposed settlement (if approved) will release certain claims and will affect your right to start or continue any other lawsuit or proceeding involving the Eligible Products. The release is set forth in a settlement agreement called the “Stipulation of Settlement." (See FAQs Question 12).