Recently, a $6,375,000 class action settlement involving Midwestern Pet Foods has been announced. Allegations were raised that this company sold pet food contaminated with dangerous bacteria, potentially resulting in illness and even death in pets.
While Midwestern Pet Foods has agreed to the settlement, it's vital to remember that the Court did not determine any wrongdoing. This settlement isn't about pointing fingers, but rather about seeking justice for our pets who suffered and ensuring such incidents dont happen again.
Furthermore, the settlement provides for fully documented pet injury claims to be reimbursed in full, up to $150,000. This isn't just about money. It's about acknowledging the pain and suffering endured by our pets, recognizing our rights as consumers, and demanding better from those who feed our beloved animals.
Legal Rights and Options in This Settlement
|Submit a Claim Form||The only way for you to get reimbursement for Pet Injury Claims and Consumer Food Purchase Claims is to timely submit a valid Claim Form. Payment amounts may be reduced depending on the number of valid claims submitted. If you timely submit a valid Claim Form along with the required documentation by August 3, 2023 you can obtain reimbursement of eligible expenses|
|Ask to be Excluded||Receive no reimbursement. Get out of this lawsuit but keep your individual right to sue. If you ask to be excluded, you will not be eligible for benefits from this Settlement, but you will maintain your right to pursue an individual claim against Defendants about the claims in this lawsuit.|
|Object||Comment in writing about why you like or don't like the proposed Settlement. You may comment in writing about why you like or dislike the proposed Settlement by sending a letter to the Settlement Administrator. In order to comment or object to the proposed Settlement, you must remain a member of the Settlement Class (i.e., you cannot ask to be excluded).|
|Do Nothing||Receive no reimbursement. Give up your rights to sue. By doing nothing, you will not be eligible for reimbursement for Pet Injury Claims and/or Consumer Food Purchase Claims. You will also give up any rights to sue Defendants on an individual basis separately about the claims in this lawsuit.|
|Attend the Final Approval Hearing||The Court will hold a Final Approval Hearing on August 21, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. CT, before Magistrate Judge Matthew P. Brookman, in the Winfield K. Denton Federal Building & U.S. Courthouse, Courtroom 301, 101 Northwest Martin Luther King Boulevard, Evansville, IN 47708. You may attend and you may ask to speak, but you do not have to attend or speak. You are welcome to come at your own expense if you do not exclude yourself from the Settlement.|
Do You Qualify for Payment?
To qualify for a payout from the Midwestern Pet Foods class action settlement, you must meet the following requirements:
• If you are an entity or a person residing in the United States,
• You must have purchased one or more Midwestern Pet Foods products. You can find a list of products here, the completed unabridged list here in a court document for the pet food lawsuit, or the abridged list of pet food products below:
Earthborn Holistic Adult Vantage
Earthborn Holistic Coastal Catch
Earthborn Holistic Great Plains Feast
Earthborn Holistic Large Breed
Earthborn Holistic Meadow Feast
Earthborn Holistic Ocean Fusion
Earthborn Holistic Primitive Feline
Earthborn Holistic Small Breed
Earthborn Holistic Weight Control
Earthborn Holistic Western Feast
Earthborn Holistic Wild Sea Catch
Splash Fat Cat
Venture Alaska Pollock Meal & Pumpkin
Venture Duck Meal & Pumpkin
Wholesomes Fish & Rice
Wholesomes Chicken & Rice
Additional rules may be required to qualify. Please follow the link below under the class action administration website to read the full class action notice.
How Much Can You Recieve?
Depending on whether or not you qualify for a payment, you can receive the following:
• Up to $50 per claim for pet food ($25.00 per bag of pet food for up to two bags) with no proof of purchase,
• 100% of valid pet food purchases if you have to have valid and approved proof of purchase,
• $75.00 for claims that a pet was injured without proof or documented losses,
• $150.00 for claims of the death of a pet without proof or documented evidence,
• If you have supporting documentation for pet illness or death, you will get 100% of those approved and documented losses.
There may be a cap of $150,000 per claim.
You will not necessarily be required to produce any documentation or provide proof of purchase to receive payment. The deadline to file a claim is August 3, 2023. You can submit your claim at the website below.