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Post Cereal Class Action Settlement

Two customers filed a class action lawsuit in 2016 alleging that Post Foods labeled its products with claims that made the products seem healthy, when in fact they contain high added sugar content.

The lawsuit contends that Post Foods made certain statements on the labels of various sizes and varieties of Honey Bunches of Oats, Great Grains, Raisin Bran, Bran Flakes, Honey Bunches of Oats Granola, Selects, Honeycomb, Shredded Wheat, Alpha-Bits, Waffle Crisp, and Golden Crisp cereals (the “Post Cereals”) that are misleading. Post maintains that the statements on its cereals are true and that the Post Cereals are nutrient-dense, healthy foods. The Court has not determined whether Plaintiffs or Post are correct.

Class Members who timely submit a valid approved claim are entitled to compensation. Based on the estimated number of claims that will be made, the estimated average payment is approximately $14.28. However, the actual amount any single person will receive depends on both the number of claims made, and each claimant’s purchase history, and may be significantly more or less than $14.28. The deadline for submitting a claim is May 19, 2021.

Who’s Eligible?

The Settlement Class includes all persons in the United States who, between August 29, 2012 and November 2, 2020 (the “Class Period”), purchased in the United States, for household use and not for resale or distribution, one of the Class Products.

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Eligible Products

The Class Products include certain varieties and sizes of Post Raisin Bran, Post Bran Flakes, Post Selects – Blueberry Morning, Great Grains, Honey Bunches of Oats, Honey Bunches of Granola, Shredded Wheat, Alpha Bits, Golden Crisp, Honeycomb, and Waffle Crisp.

The specific products included in the Settlement are identified in the Appendix.

Settlement Payout

The Settlement provides both monetary damages and injunctive relief to all Class Members. Class Members who make claims will be entitled to monetary compensation, on a pro rata basis, depending on which and how many boxes of cereal they purchased during the Class Period. In addition, Post has agreed not to use some statements on the Class Products’ labeling through the end of 2022.

As part of the Settlement, Post has agreed to establish a $15,000,000 “Settlement Fund” to pay all Settlement Expenses, including the costs of Class Notice and Administration, attorneys’ fees and costs, service awards for the Class Representatives, and cash refunds for Class Members who make claims.

Class Members who timely submit a valid approved claim are entitled to compensation. Each timely, valid claimant will receive a payment based on the type and estimated amount of Class Products purchased during the Class Period. Based on the estimated number of claims that will be made, the estimated average payment is approximately $14.28. However, the actual amount any single person will receive depends on both the number of claims made, and each claimant’s purchase history, and may be significantly more or less than $14.28.

Class Members wishing to make a claim must either (a) submit a claim form online, or (b) print, fill out, and mail the claim form to the Class Administrator at the following address: PO Box 671, Baton Rouge, LA 70821. The deadline for submitting a claim is May 19, 2021.

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