Evanger’s Dog and Cat Food Products

October 2019: A federal judge preliminarily approved a settlement agreement that would provide class members who have proof of purchasing recalled products with either a cash award in the amount of 25% of the purchase price or a product certificate in the amount of 50% of the purchase price. The settlement also provides class members with monetary compensation for veterinary expenses. In addition, the company agreed to make changes to its marketing, including no longer using the phrase “people food for pets” and only using the phrase “human grade” if certain criteria is met.

April 2018: Plaintiffs filed an amended complaint bringing similar allegations and adding allegations that the company markets pet foods as “People Food for Pets,” “human grade,” and made using “USDA inspected meats” when, according to plaintiffs, the pet food is made at non-USDA inspected facilities that are only licensed to make food for animals.

February 2018: A federal judge denied the company’s motion to dismiss but granted plaintiffs leave to amend their complaint to fix certain issues (e.g., failing to state a claim regarding the pet foods that were not recalled and failing to adequately allege that the defendants caused the injury). Plaintiffs have until March 13, 2018 to file an amended complaint fixing the problems.

June 2017: A class-action lawsuit was filed against Evanger’s Dog and Cat Food Co. and Nutripack for allegedly deceptively marketing dog and cat food products as high quality and safe for animals to consume when, according to plaintiffs, they contain harmful ingredients that have caused pets to become sick and die. (Mael et al v. Evanger’s Dog and Cat Food Co., Inc. and Nutripack, LLC, Case No. 17-cv-5469, W.D. Wash.)

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