S. C. Johnson & Son $2.25M Class Action Settlement Over Method Cleaning Products
S. C. Johnson & Son Inc., the manufacturer of Method cleaners and other goods, has agreed to a $2.25 million settlement with consumers who purchased specific products that were allegedly mislabeled as “non-toxic.” Class Members may claim up to $10 in reimbursement without providing evidence of purchase.
Donna Connary et al. v. S. C. Johnson & Son Inc
The Class comprises individuals who reside in the United States and acquired specific Method merchandise labeled “non-toxic” in the United States from May 14, 2016 – May 13, 2021, for personal consumption and not for resale. Method items covered by this policy include the following in all sizes and fragrances:
- Method All-Purpose Cleaner
- Method Squirt + Mop Hard Floor Cleaner
- Method All-Purpose Cleaner for Dog
- Method Bathroom Cleaner
- Method All-Purpose Cleaner for Cat
- Method Wood for Good Daily Clean
- Method All-Purpose Cleaning Wipes
- Method Dish Soap, Method Smarty Dish
- Method All-Purpose Cleaning Wipes for Dog
- Method Smarty Dish Plus
- Method All-Purpose Cleaning Wipes for Cat
- Method PowerDish
- Method Squirt + Mop Wood Floor Cleaner
- Method Daily Granite Cleaner
- Method Foaming Bathroom Cleaner
- Method Stainless Steel Polish
- Method Glass + Surface Cleaner
- Method Heavy Duty Degreaser
- Method Wood for Good Polish
- Method Daily Shower Cleaner
Plaintiffs in the class action contended that the items’ claims of being non-toxic were incorrect and misleading, as the products are capable of causing harm to people and the environment.
S. C. Johnson’s brand family includes several well-known and frequently used product lines, including:
- Off!, and
The company stands over its product testing, which is being used to establish the Method cleansers’ “non-toxic” rating.
While the Court did not decide in favor of either party, both parties entered into a settlement to avoid the costs and risks associated with the trial.
Method Product Settlement, 2021
Payments will be awarded to Class Members depending on the number of Method cleaners or merchandise purchased that were labeled “non-toxic,” as well as the number of legitimate claims submitted.
Members with proof of purchase — store receipts, loyalty/membership card printouts, non-identical original UPCs, and photographs of non-identical original UPCs — may submit a claim form for reimbursement of $1 for each covered product purchased.
Meanwhile, Members without proof may request a $1 reimbursement for up to ten products purchased.
A Class Member may submit a claim for products with or without receipts. These types of claims will be subject to the same reimbursement limits as other claims.
Each type of claim requires the Class Member to certify, under penalty of perjury, that the purchased Method cleaner was for personal use; all claims must contain approximate purchase dates.
If the total number of claims and other expenses surpasses the settlement fund, each claimant’s reward will correspondingly decrease; if the money remains in the settlement fund, rebates might be enhanced proportionately.
Along with the monetary settlement, S. C. Johnson has agreed to discontinue advertising their Method products as “non-toxic.”
On November 16, 2021, a final fairness hearing will be held in the Method Product Non-toxic Class Action Settlement 2021 .
The last day to opt-out of the settlement or object is October 18, 2021. In contrast, the claim form submission deadline is November 1, 2021.
Editor’s Note on Method Product Settlement 2021:
This article is written to inform you of the S. C. Johnson & Son class action settlement over Method home cleaning products.
Case Name & No.: Donna Connary et al. v. S. C. Johnson & Son Inc, Case No. RG20061675
Jurisdiction: The Superior Court of California, Alameda County
Products/Services: Mislabeled Method cleaners
Allegations: S. C. Johnson & Son allegedly mislabeled the Method cleaners products as “non-toxic” even though it is hazardous
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