While certain nuts are heart healthy, the FDA and a couple of lawyers felt Diamond of California was a little too optimistic in promoting the health benefits of walnuts. Consequently a class action lawsuit was filed. Although Diamond Foods denies it did anything wrong, a settlement was reached.
I’m not a big fan of class action lawsuits. But I happily filed a claim for $73 from purchasing bags of walnuts for my teenager’s morning oatmeal.
Diamond of California Walnuts
Who: Elliot Zeisel v. Diamond Foods, Inc (www.WalnutLabelingSettlement.com)
What: If you bought any type of Diamond of California brand walnuts between March 22, 2006 to January 30, 2012, then you may be entitled to a cash refund from a class action settlement. Any type of Diamond brand walnuts include whole, halved, chopped, finely diced, chips, nut toppings and the in-the-shell walnuts.
- Class Members who purchased a 3-pound bag of Diamond of California walnuts at Sam’s Club are entitled to receive $8.25 per bag purchased during the Class Period.
- Class Members who purchased any other Diamond of California walnut product can receive $3.25 per bag.
- Maximum number of bags you can claim is 24.
Note: You do not need to submit Proof of Purchase unless you are claiming more than three 3-pound bags of walnuts, or more than five bags of any other Diamond walnut products.
Where: Steps to follow:
- Obtain a Claim Form at the Settlement Website and download a form by clicking here and/or request that a Claim Form be mailed to you by calling the claims administrator at (855)879-4045.
- Complete and Submit a Claim Form either online at www.WalnutLabelingSettlement.com or send via U.S. Mail to the claims administrator.
Zeisel v. Diamond Foods, Inc.
P.O. Box 43053
Providence, RI 02940-3053
When: Deadline for submission of the Claim Form is September 7, 2012. The Claim Form must be submitted online or postmarked on or before September 7, 2012 to be timely.
Why: The settlement resolves a dispute over Diamond Foods misleading consumers with the health benefits of walnuts on its website and product label. Specifically, the label in dispute claimed, “The Omega 3 2.5g in walnuts can help you get the proper balance of fatty acids your body needs for promoting and maintaining heart health.” Apparently that’s not misleading to consumers.
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