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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.