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Welch’s Healthy Heart Juices Settlement – $1.5 Million To End Class Action Filed Over Alleged False Claims…

Welch’s Healthy Heart Grape Class Action Reached Settlement Agreement

Welch Foods Inc. reached a $1.5 million settlement agreement with consumers to resolve a class action complaint alleging that the company falsely markets three of its grape juices as heart-healthy when they actually increase the risk of cardiovascular disease.

Class Members In Welch’s Healthy Heart Juices Settlement Are Encouraged To File Their Claim Forms

According to recent news, officials involved in settlement of the $1.5 million settlement deal are asking qualified claimants to file their claims on or before the 7th of March 2022.

To fully benefit from the settlement, consumers are advised to present proof of purchase such as purchase orders, receipts, and invoices for their unlimited claims to be acknowledged by authorities. 

The latest announcement is a part of a class action lawsuit filed against Welch by a complainant.

In the Curtis Hanson v. Welch Foods Inc. legal case, complainant Hanson has taken the beverage company to court in relation to its healthy heart juices being misrepresented. 

The purportedly ‘non-heart healthy’ drinks are sold in different store chains like CVS and Target across the United States.  

Consider The Consumer readers thinking that they qualify for the class action settlement are highly recommended to accomplish and forward their claim forms in the most convenient time possible. 

Settlement Requires Welch Food Inc. to Discontinue Using Claims Regarding Heart Benefits

Consumers who purchased Welch’s 100% Grape Juice Concord Grape, 100% Juice Red Sangria, or 100% Black Cherry Concord Grape Juice between 2016 and 2021 could claim $1 per product, up to a maximum of 12 items, without providing proof of purchase. Moreover, consumers with proof of purchase will be able to file an unlimited number of claims.

Additionally, the Welch’s Healthy Heart Juices Settlement requires Welch to discontinue using contested claims on the products, such as it helps maintain and promote a healthy heart for at least two years.

According to the motion for approval, the $1.5 million funds will also be used to administer the Welch’s Healthy Heart Juices Settlement, which is projected to cost $249,000. In addition, the class counsel anticipates charging a fee equal to 25% of the settlement fund, approximately $375,000.

Curtis Hanson v. Welch Foods Inc., 2020

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The settlement resolves a class action lawsuit lodged in March 2020 by plaintiff Curtis Hanson asserting that Welch violated California’s consumer protection as well as warranty laws in advertising its 100% Grape Juice Concord Grape, 100% Juice Red Sangria, and 100% Black Cherry Concord Grape Juice.

According to Hanson, the labels on Welch’s grape juices state that they “help promote” or “help support a healthy heart,” which is incorrect and misleading because 100% fruit juices increase the likelihood of type 2 diabetes as well as cardiovascular disease and are associated with an increased risk of all-cause mortality.

Welch has maintained its position and denied the allegations but has agreed to the terms of the settlement.

The final approval hearing for the Welch’s Healthy Heart Juices Settlement is scheduled for March 2022.

Editor’s Note on Welch’s Healthy Heart Juices Settlement:

This article is written to inform you of the settlement from Welch for $1.5 million. It will legally end the lawsuit filed over Welch’s “heart-friendly” claims. You might also be interested in another lawsuit filed against Welch’s, the Light Grape Juice Lawsuit. 

Case Name & No.: Curtis Hanson v. Welch Foods Inc., Case No. 3:20-cv-02011

Jurisdiction: U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California

Allegations: Welch allegedly advertised its products as good for the heart when it can increase the likelihood of cardiovascular problems

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