October 2017: An objector filed a Notice of Appeal regarding the approval of the settlement.
September 2017: A federal judge granted final approval of the settlement.
June 2017: Plaintiffs in a false advertising class-action lawsuit against The Hain Celestial Group and Jason Natural Products moved for final approval of a settlement agreement reached between the parties. The complaint, which was originally filed in August 2016 and amended in November 2016, alleges that the companies market products – including Long & Strong Jojoba Pure Natural Shampoo, Volumizing Lavender Shampoo, Normalizing Tea Tree Treatment Shampoo, Dandruff Relief 2 in 1 Treatment Shampoo & Conditioner, and Smoothing Coconut Body Wash – as being SLS-free when, according to plaintiffs, they contain substantial amounts of SLS (sodium lauryl sulfate.)
According to the proposed settlement terms, class members with proof of purchase may receive $8 for each product purchased (for a maximum recovery of $40) while class members without proof may receive $2 for each product purchased (for a maximum recovery of $10). In addition, the companies have revised packaging to remove SLS-free claims or have changed the formulation of products and, as part of the settlement agreement, agreed not to reintroduce the SLS-free claim unless products’ formulation have changed. A final fairness hearing is scheduled for September 22, 2017. For more information, go to www.GordonSettlement.com. (Gordon et al v. The Hain Celestial Group, Inc. and Jason Natural Products, Inc., Case No. 16-cv-6526, S. D. NY.)
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