Partial settlement in chocolate class action suit

Partial settlement in chocolate class action suit

According to the Notice Co., consumers who purchased chocolate candy in the United States from Cadbury Holdings Ltd., Cadbury plc, and Cadbury Adams Canada, Inc. between Dec. 9, 2002 and December 20, 2007, may be eligible for a settlement.
On August 12, 2011, the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania granted preliminary approval to a proposed class action settlement with Cadbury Holdings Ltd., Cadbury plc, and Cadbury Adams Canada, Inc. The litigation is continuing against the remaining defendants: Hershey Canada, Inc., The Hershey Co., Mars, Inc., Mars Snackfood U.S., LLC and Nestle U.S.A., Inc. The lawsuit involves allegations that defendants engaged in an unlawful conspiracy to fix, raise, maintain or stabilize the prices of chocolate candy in violation of federal and state antitrust laws.
The defendants deny these allegations. "Chocolate Candy" refers to chocolate bars and other chocolate confectionery products made by any defendant and packaged to be sold at retail. The settlements provide for the payment by Cadbury of $250,000 in cash to the Indirect End User Plaintiffs, and $1,312,500 in cash to the Direct Purchaser Plaintiffs. It also provides for $250,000 to pay for notice of the settlements to all settlement classes. Cadbury has also agreed to provide certain cooperation in the prosecution of the litigation against the remaining defendants.
To be a member of the Direct Purchaser Plaintiffs Settlement Class, purchasers must have bought chocolate candy in the United States directly from any Cadbury company. Indirect End User Plaintiffs Settlement refer to those who purchased the chocolate through a retailer or other reseller.
For more details regarding the proposed class action settlements, visit and Class members may opt out of the settlements by October 21, 2011, or file objections by November 28, 2011. The Court will hold a Fairness Hearing at 10:30 a.m. on December 12, 2011, at 228 Walnut Street, Harrisburg, Pa., 17108.
 For additional information about the Indirect Purchaser settlement, consumers are asked to write to Chocolate Settlement Indirect, c/o The Notice Company, PO Box 455, Hingham, Mass., 02043.

Did you enjoy this article? Click here to subscribe to Candy Industry

You must login or register in order to post a comment.



Image Galleries

A Venetian Carnival, a Jelly Belly sculpture and gourmet chocolates! Oh my!

Candy Industry takes you into the French Pastry’s School For the Love of Chocolate event in Chicago, held Feb. 25.

Candy Industry Magazine

candy may 2015

May 2015

Check out the May issue, featuring products from Sweets & Snacks Expo, how Enstrom's rebranding looks promising, and more!
Table Of Contents Subscribe

Healthier Food Options

A recent Nielsen report shows that consumers are calling for healthier options from food manufacturers. Do you think consumers will actually buy healthier versions of their favorite candy and snacks if they’re made available?
View Results Poll Archive

Candy Industry Store

M:\General Shared\__AEC Store Katie Z\AEC Store\Images\Candy Industry\natural-food-flavors-colora.gif
Natural Food Flavors and Colorants

Although many foods are appealing, and even perceived as natural, in spite of containing synthetic additives, consumer increasingly prefer food products which are fully natural.

More Products

Candy Industry's Kettle Awards

Kettle Awards

Since 1946, Candy Industry magazine has recognized leaders in the U.S. confectionery industry with the highest recognition possible, the Kettle Award. The distinguished recipients have captured this most coveted award by not only excelling within their companies, but by contributing to the greater good of the industry. It’s virtually a who’s who of past and present professionals who have left their mark as confectioners and business mavens. Learn more about the voting process as well as the annual Kettle Awards Ceremony by visiting our Kettle Awards Website


fb40   twitter 40    youtube40    linked   Google+

Clear Seas Research

Clear SeasWith access to over one million professionals and more than 60 industry-specific publications,Clear Seas Research offers relevant insights from those who know your industry best. Let us customize a market research solution that exceeds your marketing goals.