Coppertone Sunscreen Settlement

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.
Estimated Amount:

$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
Case Summary:

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

(877) 302-3668

6 Responses to Coppertone Sunscreen Settlement

  1. Love this site and the below comment

    “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.”

  2. This is incredibly upsetting! Not only did I buy this for myself, I bought this for my kids, too! I am allergic to the sun, and I was wondering why I was still having issues! Also, its disgusting to think it wasn’t protecting my children, either. Especially with the impact of climatic changes we have been seeing.

  3. Where are the checks?

    ADMIN – Hi Diane,

    Checks are usually sent out around 3 months after the closing date. That would suggest that payment is due sometime soon. Of course, there is a lot of variation between settlements and they can get bogged down in court, getting delayed for months.

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