StarKist settlement nets you $25 or ‘free’ tuna

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In this photo taken May 19, 2011, Starkist Tuna products sit on a shelf in a Little Rock, Ark., food warehouse . (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)

Purchase canned tuna anytime in the last five years? You could be entitled to a cash settlement or a sizable amount of, what some call, the chicken of the sea.

A class-action lawsuit filed by Patrick Hendricks against StarKist accused the corporation of under-filling five ounce cans of tuna. StarKist says they did nothing wrong but are making a peace offering.

Federal law requires 5-ounce cans to contain an average of 2.84 to 3.23 ounces of tuna. However, Hendricks alleged that 5-ounce cans of StarKist tuna only contained an average of 2.81 to 3.11 ounces of tuna.

The court did not rule in favor of Hendricks or StarKist. Instead, the parties agreed to a Proposed Settlement to avoid the expense and risks of continuing the lawsuit.

If you bought one or more cans of the following from February 19, 2009 through October 31, 2014, you are eligible for reimbursement:

You can claim a cash payment of $25 or $50 in coupons for StarKist products.

You do not need a receipt or other proof of purchase to submit a claim. However, you are required to submit a Claim Form confirming under penalty of perjury that you purchased the products in the time period.

The deadline to file a claim in on November 20, 2015.


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