A recent decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit overturned a previous ruling that certified purchaser classes in a StarKist tuna class-action lawsuit. The lower court failed to resolve a key factual question, a dispute over competing for expert testimony regarding the reliability of the plaintiffs’ statistical models, and other questions of common fact affecting class members. Ultimately, the lower court’s decision was upheld.
The Supreme Court ruled in favor of StarKist in a tuna class action lawsuit, ruling that it is liable for the ill-fated product.
The company defended its business practices, arguing that the majority opinion violates the rule and that it would be flooded by individual inquiries. It also noted that the plaintiffs have filed an amicus brief on the issue, urging the Supreme Court to review the ruling.
The case was filed by a man who consumes tuna for lunch. He alleges that Starkist purposefully underfilled the cans to make money by advertising the product as a Heart-Check-Made Food. The majority opinion cited by the Supreme Court reveals that Starkist paid the American Heart Association to have its products reviewed, but that this did not guarantee a Heart-Check Mark. Judge Sharp ruled against the plaintiffs, saying that Starkist’s website excerpts contradict the text of Rule 23.
After a federal antitrust investigation, the Department of Justice decided to dismiss the lawsuit.
Although StarKist denies allegations that it underfilled its tuna, the company agreed to settle the case in November 2015. The settlement will give consumers $8 million in cash and $4 million in vouchers. It is the first step toward settling the tuna class-action lawsuit. The deadline for the settlement is 11/20/15. The Supreme Court’s decision will help determine the fate of the remaining plaintiffs.
A federal antitrust case has been filed against Starkist for underfilling the cans. The judge ruled that the company should be paid $2.5 million in cash and $50 worth of the product in the case. The settlement is not final, but the company has not admitted any wrongdoing. However, the court’s ruling has made the case more complicated and confusing for the plaintiffs. The court’s ruling against Starkist is still an important decision for consumers, and it will have a profound impact on how the company treats its customers.
Despite the recent settlement, the Supreme Court is unable to decide whether a StarKist tuna class-action lawsuit can proceed.
However, the court’s ruling affirmed that the lawsuit can proceed. In addition, the ruling also upheld a decision that denied the defendants’ appeals. The case has now been settled by the Justice Department and is awaiting a ruling from the Ninth Circuit. This ruling means that the defendants have been ordered to pay a settlement to the people who were harmed.
The case was initially filed in 2008, and it was later consolidated into a federal tuna class-action lawsuit. The United States Supreme Court ruled that the plaintiffs’ claims were based on an unrelated fact. But it is important to note that the court’s ruling has only a limited impact on the case. The trial judge found that the Supreme Court’s decision in StarKist’s favor was correct.
The court’s ruling has also led to a settlement between plaintiffs and Starkist.
The company was previously sued by the plaintiffs because its canned tuna contained tainted oil. While the tainted oil was present in the product, the lawsuit was not. Instead, the plaintiffs were seeking compensation for at least three times their losses. As a result, the settlement is a major win for the class action, but the company has to do more to improve the quality of its products.
The lawsuit against Starkist was a result of an antitrust investigation conducted by the Department of Justice. A federal jury in Washington, D.C., had ruled that the company did not have the right to advertise its products without the proper consent from class members. Starkist had not even disclosed the conflict of interest and the payment had been made in the name of a federal consumer protection law.