If you’re a lover of olive oil, you may have put yourself in the slick position of receiving some money in the near future. That’s because Deoleo USA, the maker of the uber-popular Bertolli olive oil brand, recently settled a class-action lawsuit.
The company agreed to pay $7 million and change its packaging after complaints that its “Imported from Italy” labeling was a misrepresentation because most of the product allegedly came from other countries.
Bertolli olive oil class-action lawsuit may mean $$ for you
Seven plaintiffs from six states also alleged that the company mislabeled Bertolli as “extra virgin” when the “best by” date on the bottle defied that standard.
“Due to this litigation, Deoleo has already removed the phrase ”˜Imported from Italy’ from its products and has agreed to refrain from using similar phrases, such as ‘Made in Italy,’ unless the oil is entirely from olives grown and pressed in Italy,” according to the settlement. The company does, however, deny any wrongdoing.
If you think you may be a member of the class, you may be wondering how much money you could get. A website, OliveOilSettlement.com, has been set up to facilitate that process.
“Your total recovery will depend on the number of Products you purchased, and the number of Products purchased by other class members who submit a claim,” the site says. ”You can make a claim for up to five products purchased by your household, unless you submit Proof of Purchase, in which case there is no limit.”
To see if you qualify as a settlement class member, here’s what you need to do.
Here’s how to file a claim in the Bertolli olive oil class-action lawsuit
The settlement covers the following three kinds of Bertolli olive oil purchased between these dates:
· Bertolli Extra Virgin Olive Oil, between May 23, 2010 and April 16, 2018
· Bertolli Classico Olive Oil, between May 23, 2010 and December 30, 2015
· Bertolli Extra Light Olive Oil, between May 23, 2010 and December 30, 2015
- File a claim: To submit a claim online, fill out the form on this webpage. If you want to mail it in, you must download the Claim Form here. Once you do that, send it to this address:
Koller v. Deoleo Settlement Claim Administrator
1801 Market Street, Suite 660 Philadelphia, PA 19103
- Act quickly: All claims must be submitted, postmarked and received 30 days after final approval. The final approval date will be determined by the last hearing, which is set for August 9, 2018.
How to find out about class-action lawsuit settlements
Class-action settlements present instances where we could be owed sums of money and not even know about it. A Team Clark member got $46 and forgot all about it.
In theory, if you’re eligible for a settlement, you should be contacted about it and given the opportunity to participate or opt-out. In the latter case, you would then hire your own lawyer to bring your own charges against the errant company.
But if you don’t get the heads-up about settlements relevant to you, you can always take it on yourself to keep up on the latest class-action settlement news at Law360.com.
Other resources to know about include sites like ClassActionRebates.com and ClassAction.org. Both do a nice job of tracking ongoing settlements, explaining what hoops you have to jump through to file a claim and telling you what the final dollar amount of the settlement may look like for you.
We should note that these sites mentioned above are all for-profit operations — even the “dot org” refers clients out to certain attorneys they partner with — so you should go into that with eyes wide open.