|Class Eligibility:||The settlement covers all Copertone Sunscreen Product labelled as providing protection against UVA or UVB, sold in the United States July 31, 2006 and October 5, 2012.|
$1.50 per Coppertone product purchased.
The settlement fund is capped at $10 MM. If the fund gets exhausted, then the amount or the payments will be reduced.
|Proof of Purchase:||
NOT required for a claims of 1-6 products.
May be required for claims of 7-9 products. (i.e. You don’t need to provide proof of purchase to make the claim, but at some later time the claim administrator might write asking for proof or purchase
Required for claims of 10+ products.
|Claim Form:||Coppertone Settlement Claim Form|
|Case Name:||Steven Brody, et al. vs. Merck & Co., Inc., et al., Case No. 12-cv-4774-PGS-DEA|
The Plaintiffs sued the makers of Coppertone sunscreen claiming that the product falsely claimed to protect against UVA and UVB. Coppertone (a Merck company) denies the claim. Five lawsuits involving this issue have been dragging on since 2003. The parties decided to settle the litigation.
We are not sure how this litigation dragged on so long. It seems like the case is straight forward, either Coppertone protects against UVA and UVB or it doesn’t. And as consumers we would like an answer. Does Coppertone actually protect against UVA and UVB or have we been out in the sun unprotected. Instead of an answer we are getting a $1.50 – so you might get melanoma but at least you can buy some gum.
|Settlement Pool:||$10,000,000 (maximum)|
|Settlement Website:||Coppertone Sunscreen Settlement|
|Claim Form Deadline:||March 4, 2013|
|Claims Administrator:||Sunscreen Settlement
c/o Gilardi & Co. LLC
P.O. Box 808061
Petaluma, CA 94975-8061