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Good news for pet parents that purchased Blue Buffalo pet foods within the last 7 years – you may qualify for a cash refund!
A proposed settlement has been reached in a class action lawsuit claiming Blue Buffalo Company, Ltd. pet foods 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.
if you purchased any of the eligible Blue Buffalo Products in the United States from May 7, 2008 through December 18, 2015, you’re eligible for a portion of the $32,000,000 settlement agreed upon by Blue Buffalo and the courts. (For a full list of qualifying products, click here.)
In order to claim your refund, you MUST visit www.petfoodsettlement.com. This is the only official website for class action participants.
Class Members may choose one of the following options:
Option 1: 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;
Option 2: 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?
- Do nothing: 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 additional information, claim forms, and answers to frequently asked questions, visit www.petfoodsettlement.com.
I’ve been feeding my dogs Blue Buffalo for years. One of my dogs did die from cancer, but I’ve had 5 dogs, she was my 5th, it could just be luck of the draw. When you’v had that many dogs, something is bound to happen to one of them. But, what I want to know, why hasn’t anyone done testing on the food? It’s not that hard to do. I have four dogs, one puppy, and they all eat Blue Buffalo, however I feed them the limited ingredient version, due to allergies, and even though this version doesn’t have the bits in it, I would feel better if testing was done because now I’m a little uneasy about feeding my dogs this brand.
Keep your lousy $10. I’ll never know if I had to put down my Gordon Setter because of your food. I want to know what changes are being made to ensure that this never happens again.
Every time I keep the receipts it always fades and u cannot read it. How can we keep it and prove it.. I threw mine away and I have spend a lot on it til few years ago I changed it to different brands… What can I do to get my money back then?
Check with the store where you purchase your pet’s food. Retailers (like Petco and PetSmart) that have a customer rewards program keep a record of your transaction history. Online retailers (like Chewy.com or Wag.com) will also have this information. And, many independent retailers keep a purchase history for their customers. With these records, you can expect a refund of up to $200.
Everyone should object to the settlement to state that receipts should not be required. If they don’t, a ton of [more] money is going to go to the class leader and the lawyers instead of us the actual losers in this.
We have an almost 7 year old Bloodhound who has been on Blue Buffalo dry since she was a pup, which costs us $55.00 a month. And like someone else posted. Who keeps receipts for dog food for 6-7 years? I don’t even keep the receipt for a month. Not worth $10.00 to fill out any form.
If you’ve been purchasing your dog food through a retailer like PetSmart or Petco that has a rewards program, or through an online vendor, and many independents that record your purchase history, you can ask for a report of past purchases to make your claim and receive up to $200.
PetSmart store could only provide the last 60 days of records which is based on their return policy. You must call the corporate office in order to get records previous to the 60 days.
Lawyers are the really winners not the customer.
While I do try to feed my cats on the upper end of food, I can’t afford the very best. Blue may have added a few not so great things in, but I do believe it is very healthy product. And frankly, my cats refuse to eat anything else.
I won’t be filing a claim because I’m satisfied with the product and will continue to buy it. But I do ask, if it’s not as uber healthy as they claim, then please lower the price of future bags by a couple of bucks.
I agree. It’s the only thing we’ve been able to find that our dog doesn’t have allergies to. We’ve been paying $52.00/bag every 2 weeks for our dogs to eat the salmon wilderness for the last 3 years. Aside from one incident where the bag was backward, all life source bits, with a few normal kibbles, we’ve never had any problems. The store we bought it from let us exchange the bag for a good one, and we contacted Blue Buffalo to give them the lot number. I will probably continue to buy it, but it would be nice if they dropped the price a bit IF it isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be. I wonder if they will, or if they’ll actually change the ingredients.
I have spent thousands on my 4 cats over 2 years!! That doesn’t include massive vet bills due to food allergies! Wow. Donate it to feral cats and humane societies! The gall!
who the hell would have their proof of purchase over the past 7 years? what a freaked joke. i have bought their dry cat food for the past 6 years at least. so i can get back $10 when i bought a $20 bag probably 6 times a year?
RIGHT!! Not worth our time to fill out this lousy $10..I spent well over $300 a year on Blue through Chewy’s and at PetSmart…my cats are now back on Purina One and Purina Beyond which they prefer over Blue so I have a full large bag of Blue which I will feed my ferals…
You should be able to get purchase records from PetSmart and Chewy’s. With proof of purchases, you can claim up to $200.