Why Your Coupon from the Tuna Lawsuit Hasn’t Arrived
Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2016 at 7:00 am
Tuna is a staple in many people’s homes. One can has enough food for two sandwiches. There are many other recipes that include tuna. A while ago, StarKist was involved in a settlement that would require it to send coupons to some consumers. There are reasons why you haven’t gotten your coupon yet.
There was a lawsuit called Hendricks v StarKist Co.. The claim was that StarKist was under-filling certain 5 ounce canned tuna products (and that doing so was in violation of state law). The two parties agreed to a proposed settlement.
The settlement offered two potential options to people who were part of the class action lawsuit. A person could choose to get $25 in cash or a $50 voucher for StarKist tuna.
Haven’t gotten yours yet? There are many reasons why. The first thing to be aware of is that the settlement is only for people who have purchased one or more of the StarKist products from February 9, 2009, through October 31, 2014. Those people needed to file a claim before November 20, 2015. If you didn’t file a claim before that day – you won’t be getting anything from the settlement.
The next thing to realize is that even though the two parties agreed to a settlement, that doesn’t mean they are “done”. A judge needs to approve the settlement. In February of 2016, a judge struck down the original proposed settlement over legal issues. Those issues have since been addressed, and a hearing for a final approval is set for April 21, 2016.
People who filed a claim will not receive anything from StarKist until after that hearing. If the judge does not approve the settlement, it will take even longer to receive your voucher or cash from the settlement. A class action lawsuit, like the StarKist one, cannot begin sending things out to class members until after a judge approves the settlement.
It is possible that the judge will approve the settlement. If the judge does not approve it, there is a chance that a new settlement will be made. There is no way to know, for certain, what will happen or what a new settlement would consist of. People who are part of the class action lawsuit are going to have to wait and see what happens.
Those who are in the class action lawsuit might, or might not, be notified about the judge’s decision. In other words, you shouldn’t assume that you will actually receive your $50 StarKist tuna voucher. It is best to consider it a nice surprise, when and if it arrives in your mailbox.