Class Eligibility: Purchasers of Trader Joe’s products labeled as all natural or 100% natural From October 24 2007 to Feb 6 2014. The products covered include:
  • Joe-Joe’s Chocolate Vanilla Creme Cookies;
  • Joe-Joe’s Chocolate Sandwich Creme Cookies;
  • Trader Joe’s Jumbo Cinnamon Rolls;
  • Trader Joe’s Buttermilk Biscuits;
  • Trader Giotto’s 100% Natural Fat Free Ricotta Cheese;
  • Trader Joe’s Fresh Pressed Apple Juice
Estimated Amount: $2.70 to $3.99 per product
Proof of Purchase: Not required for up to 10 purchases. Required, for claims of more than 10 purchases.
Claim Form: Trader Joes Claim Form
Case Name: Larsen, et al. v. Trader Joe’s Company, Case No. 3:11-cv-05188-WHO (District Court for the Northern District of California)
Case Summary: Traders Joes labeled some of it’s products as natural, when they in fact contained synthetic ingredients such as ascorbic acid, cocoa processed with alkali, sodium acid pyrophosphate, xanthan gum, vegetable monoglycerides and vegetable diglycerides. Can’t believe those Cookies & Creme weren’t completely natural. I thought natural cream was shelf stable for two years.
Settlement Pool: $3,375,000
Settlement Website: Trader Joes Class Action Settlement
Claim Form Deadline: June 16, 2014
Claims Administrator: Trader Joe’s Settlement PO Box 3063 Faribault, MN 55021-2663

32 responses to “Trader Joes All Natural Settlement”

  1. krystal pettus says:

    Not happy I only eat healthy products and I bought this cause it was natutal.

  2. J says:

    Great! We purchased some of these products, cookies and apple juice, while taking road trips, and to have in the hotel. It’s hard enough to eat healthy while on the road, I thought I was making good purchases while allowing for a little “bad eating” on the trip.

  3. D Caudill says:

    Is that 10 each product or 10 total purchases? Thank you.

    ADMIN – Hi D,

    The limit is 10 total purchases. (You can claim more than 10 if you have proof of purchase)

  4. Capri Williamson says:

    I bought this thinking I was eating healthy trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle and look here this is a fraud omg…I have to be more careful…..I purchase all these products no wonder they were so delicious….

  5. William M Buttlicker says:

    No one cares if any of you bought this item.

  6. Seth says:

    Bought these items thinking they were made from natural products only, very disappointed to find out they are not.

  7. Bruce says:

    Wow – can we not even trust health labels anymore? I buy a ton from Trader Joes – thinking my purchases over now; before I make them – with regards to health content.

  8. J. Krusper says:

    Seems like you can’t trust anyone but yourself the days anymore. You think that a large company like Trader Joes would be trustworthy and then there is something like this happening and you find that you no longer can trust.

  9. Sherri says:

    When do we get paid for anything

  10. large Marge says:

    Well I for one am relieved to find out that stuff wasn’t natural. I was really worried about my taste buds wondering why it all tasted so dang delicious. Ty TJ’s!

  11. whatev says:

    Do any of you morons even have the faintest idea of what these non-“natural” ingredients actually are or how safe/unsafe they are? I bet not.

  12. sharonconner says:

    Wrote me said we had 5 people claim at the same resident

  13. jennell says:

    wrote me and ask for proof of my address and I did

  14. tasha says:

    When will they start sending out settlement checks o

  15. Mike says:

    This one has also been appealed, so it may take more time.

  16. Samuel Clendenin says:

    I was very disappointed when I found out that these were not all natural!

  17. Johnny Sandoval says:

    And I thought these were healthy for you.

  18. Linda sullivan says:

    I have bought these products several times. Thinking they were a natural product however I now know better

  19. Tifini Ferrara says:

    I enjoy Trader Joe’s very much.I like to believe they did not intentionally sell these items ignoring the consumers trust in the products that Trader Joe’s has represented. I think i am in denial. Anyhow, at leaherst they forced to be accountable. I will still support Trader Joe’s, I am sure we all have purchased items thinking that they are organic or etc…..but in the end someone somewhere needed to make some money and sold out and lied, As usual. Do not sell out like others (Sprouts) . keep it simple and honest, please. sorry about the novel.

    • Mytfast says:

      No one ever wants to cheat the consumer – just ask Toyota & their sticking gas pedals or GM and their ignition switch fiasco or Ball Park Franks who now sell a package of franks that are 15 oz instead of 16 oz. No Tifini, just like the answer Virginia got when she asked if Santa Claus was real nearly 100 years ago, just keep believing that everyone who are trying to make money by emptying your wallet has your best interests at heart. Ever wonder why in a tight economy that if you save rather than spend foolishly, that you can’t get more than 1% interest on the money you save but the credit card companies can routinely get 21 – 28% on what your credit card balance is. That’s why fleesing the sheep is not only profitable, it’s fun. They’re so cute when they stand there naked shivering!!

  20. Karen says:

    I’m disappointed because I go to trader joes 3 times a week and buy the products listed in the lawsuit. I’m just hearing of this now after the deadline has passed. How did they determine who is part of the class action and how were potential claimants contacted?? Did those who participated in the class action find out be chance, pure luck??? I don’t think its fair to those who were not notified but purchased the products regularly. They could have notified me through my credit card!

  21. kathryn porter says:

    will will they start sending out checks

    • gio says:

      they filed two appeals due this month. good luck
      any check received from class action will just make prices go up. if you all think to continue to go to stores for shopping and have stable prices stop following nonsense class actions, just a money maker for lawyers, and the money they get off coarse they are able to pay high prices. Most of the country has average salary.

  22. Marsh says:

    Received a check in the mail today. Bank would not let me cash in since there wasn’t a place to endorse it on the back. Very upset.

    Dear Marsh,
    Contact the administrator directly to escalate your complaint.

  23. Ron says:

    It says on the check ” this is a check”, I’m mailing it to my credit union. I have deposited this sort of check before. Postcard format.

  24. Charlotte says:

    I received my settlement check in the mail, and waited until today to cash it at US Bank. US Bank is listed on the settlement check. However, I was told that it looks like Trader Joe’s put a stop payment on it and I was to contact Trader Joe’s. I called the phone number for the settlement website and it is simply a recorded message. Does anyone know who I contact to straighten this out?

    Hi Charlotte,
    You can contact the administrator for the Trader Joe’s class action via email at

  25. kim s. says:

    since checks went out on the 23rd of december how come i have not received mine yet? california here

    Hi Kim,
    I encourage you to contact the class action administrator directly to check on the status of your claim.

  26. Sandy says:

    I went to my bank and put my settlement check to be cashed. It was returned to me by my bank and my bank charged me $15.oo return check fee for a check that is NO GOOD! What the heck? No number to get ahold of anyone. If some one can help me find a good number to call, please post!

    Hi Sandy,
    Here is the contact information

  27. Sandy says:

    PLEASE accept my sincerest apologies and allow me to correct what I wrote on March 10th. My check WAS good and WAS cashed. My head was somewhere else…my son just had major surgery….and I messed up thinking I had not cashed this check. It was completely VALID. I apologize to anyone that read my post, and I apologize for posting at all.


  28. Bonne Mester says:

    I have read that the term “NATURAL” is kind of a broad spectrum “catch-all term. It reminds me of the over-used term “dyslexia”.

    ADMIN – Hi Bonne,

    I will try them next time