VANCOUVER, June 2 /CNW/ - A series of mediations conducted since
October 26, 2007 has resulted in a proposed North-American settlement of all
claims relating to the pet food that was subject to recalls commencing
March 16, 2007. The recalls, which began with Menu Foods Income Fund's March
2007 recall ultimately included approximately 180 brands of pet food and pet
treats produced by 12 different manufacturers and were distributed, marketed
and sold by dozens of retailers in the United States and Canada.
The settlement provides for the creation of a USD$24 million settlement
fund, which will be used to pay for the economic losses sustained by those who
purchased the recalled pet food or pet treats or fed it to their pets. While
losses supported by documents will be compensated more fully, the settlement
also provides for some payment for certain undocumented economic losses,
subject to review and decision by the Claims Administrator.
Any money left over after all claims are paid will be donated to animal
welfare charities in Canada and in the United States.
The settlement will be subject to approval by the courts in the
United States and Canada. The settlement received preliminary approval in the
United States on May 30, 2008. At preliminary hearings to be held in Canada,
courts will be asked to approve notices to class members with information
regarding the proposed terms of the settlement, eligibility criteria and
claims process. The date for the preliminary Canadian hearings has not yet
been set but it is anticipated they will occur in late June, 2008. The final
hearings to approve the settlement in Canada will take place after notice has
been given to class members, likely in late October, 2008.
The Canadian claims were prosecuted by members of a national consortium
of law firms comprised of Branch MacMaster; Sutts Strosberg LLP; Rochon Genova
LLP; Falconer Charney LLP;Himelfarb Proszanski LLP; Pollock & Company; Barry
Spalding Lawyers; Wagners Law Firm;Docken & Company and Merchant Law Group.
Ward Branch and Luciana Brasil of Branch MacMaster will be responsible for
managing approval of the settlement before the Canadian courts.
For further information:
For further information: Luciana Brasil, Branch MacMaster, (604)
654-2960 or firstname.lastname@example.org