Coppertone Sunscreen Settlement Proceedings At A Halt After Judge Raise Concerns
A California federal court judge has declined a proposed settlement agreement between participating parties in the Coppertone Sunscreen Class Action Lawsuit due to concerns about the proposed amounts attorneys are going to take from the settlement fund and the charitable organization they have chosen to serve as the recipient of the excess money from the agreed total fund.
California Judge Questions Several Settlement Details
The settlement agreement, amounting to $2.25 million, was the result of the class action participants arriving at a consensus that ending legal proceedings via the said settlement as a route is a viable and desirable option to move forward with the case’s resolution.
Coppertone customers sued Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals, Inc. for allegedly marketing their sunscreen products as ‘mineral-based,’ i.e., chemical-free. However, they contained different traces of synthetic substances. The class action lawsuit covered a series of Coppertone sunscreen products, including the kids and sports versions.
It can be said that the case will not see an end quite soon due to the recent setback caused by United States District Court Judge Nathanael Cousins’s latest decision on the case.
Judge Cousins concluded that the settlement agreement details that were forwarded to his court contained wide and vague generalizations and insights. As a result, he asked the participating parties to specify key areas in the document.
Furthermore, the federal judge raised concerns about the possible conflict of interest present in selecting the Look Good Feel Better Program as the primary recipient in the case of excess unclaimed settlement funds left after the settlement.
To remedy this, he asked the parties to explain in their revised filing how the organization is a neutral party in the case, and there is no conflict of interest present to quell the judge’s worries.
Meanwhile, the attorney’s fees were also questioned by Judge Cousins in his recent promulgation. The legal counsels were originally asking for up to a quarter-million dollars as their share in the settlement, but the judge asked them to provide comparable examples to help justify the amount they are asking for.
Prescott Settlement Initial Information
As of press time, the class action participants are already revising the settlement agreement details to comply with the court’s requirements.
The initial settlement agreement details showed that Coppertone customers who have bought a product with a mineral-based label on it can possibly refund all of their purchases if they have a receipt with them.
The agreement mandated that each Coppertone sunscreen bottle refund would cost no more than $2.50. Yet, for those who do not have any proof of purchase, they can only refund up to four times the aforementioned amount.
This is an ongoing case, and Consider The Consumer will continue to report on this matter as soon as the attending judge gives his stamp of approval to the settlement agreement’s filing details. It is expected that the filing of valid claims would start as soon as the court gives the green light.
About The Company
Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is the maker of Coppertone Sunscreen products which are at the forefront of the above mentioned settlement agreement.
With its headquarters located in New Jersey, the sunscreen manufacturer is believed to make almost six hundred million dollars in revenue from sales generated from their health products. It is said that the company hires nearly two thousand workers in its total workforce.
Editor’s Note on Prescott Settlement Updates – Coppertone Sunscreen Settlement:
This latest feature alert aims to inform you of the latest developments in the Coppertone Sunscreen class action settlement agreement. A judge ordered the proceedings to be halted after asking for revisions and clarifications in the settlement agreement’s filing details.
Prescott Settlement Details:
Case Name(s) & No.: Prescott, et al. v. Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals, Inc., et al.; Case No.: 5:20-cv-00102
Jurisdiction: United States District Court for the Northern District of California
Products/Services Involved: Different Coppertone Sunscreen items
Allegation(s): Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals, Inc. misrepresented some of its sunscreen products as chemical-free, though they contained synthetic materials on its ingredients.
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