LOS ANGELES, Sept. 23, 2016 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The following statement is being issued by Azadian Law Group, PC regarding the Starbucks Breakfast Sandwich class action settlement.
If you purchased breakfast sandwiches at Starbucks locations in California between April 28, 2015 and August 17, 2015, you may be entitled to either reimbursement or credit from a class action settlement.
A proposed settlement has been reached in a class action lawsuit claiming that during the period between April 28, 2015 and August 17, 2015, certain Starbucks stores in California charged customers a price higher than the listed price for two breakfast sandwiches: the Reduced-Fat Turkey Bacon Breakfast Sandwich and the Sausage & Cheddar Breakfast Sandwich. Some company-owned Starbucks stores in California allegedly charged customers $3.75 when the listed price was $3.45 for the Reduced-Fat Turkey Bacon Breakfast Sandwich and $3.45 when the listed price was $3.25 for the Sausage & Cheddar Breakfast Sandwich. Starbucks denies all claims and liability in this case but has agreed to settle to avoid further expense, inconvenience, interference with its ongoing business operations, and burdensome litigation.
Who is a Class Member?
You are a class member if you purchased either a Reduced-Fat Turkey Bacon Breakfast Sandwich or Sausage & Cheddar Breakfast Sandwich from a company-owned Starbucks store in California between April 28, 2015 and August 17, 2015. Note this issue did not affect licensed Starbucks stores (i.e., those located on or in grocery stores, including but not limited to Vons/Safeway, Albertsons, Ralph’s, Target stores, hotels, college campuses, and airport terminals).
What does the settlement provide?
Settlement funds of up to $365,237.40 will be made available to reimburse or partially reimburse Class Members for the sandwiches. From the settlement fund, Plaintiff will request an incentive fee of $5,000 for her efforts and Class Counsel will request reimbursement of litigation costs of approximately $6,500, but not to exceed $7,000. Class Counsel will also apply to the Court for an award of reasonable attorneys’ fees that seeks an award of attorneys’ fees consistent with California law, but not more than 25% of the Gross Settlement Fund. Additionally, Starbucks has agreed to pay the costs related to notifying the class about this settlement and to administer the settlement.
If you made purchases connected to your Starbucks Rewards account, you will automatically receive a credit to your Starbucks Rewards account in the amount of $0.25 for each sandwich purchased during the Class Period for which you were overcharged. You do NOT need to complete a Claim Form.
If you made a purchase NOT connected to a Starbucks Rewards account, you MUST complete a Claim Form online at www.BreakfastSandwichSettlement.com by December 22, 2016. To file a claim, choose one of the following options:
Option 1: If you have Proof of Purchase, you can receive $0.25 for each valid purchase. The refund shall be issued in the form of an Electronic Coupon Code to use toward the purchase of any product of your choice at company-owned Starbucks stores. This credit will expire 90 days after issuance.
Option 2: If you do not have Proof of Purchase, you must confirm under penalty of perjury that you purchased at least one Reduced-Fat Turkey Bacon or Sausage & Cheddar breakfast sandwich during the class period. You will receive a $0.50 Electronic Coupon Code to use toward the purchase of any product of your choice at company-owned Starbucks stores. This credit will expire 90 days after issuance.
What are my rights?
Do nothing: If you made valid purchases not connected to a Starbucks Rewards account, you will not receive money, but you will still be bound by the Court’s decisions.
Exclude yourself: You will not receive benefits from the settlement but you will maintain your right to sue Starbucks about the legal claims in this case. To exclude yourself, you must do so in writing by December 22, 2016.
Object: You may object to any part of the settlement in writing by December 22, 2016.
The proposed Settlement Agreement is subject to Court approval. On January 23, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. in Department 307, Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles, Central Civil West Courthouse, 600 South Commonwealth Avenue, Los Angeles, California 90005, a hearing will be held on whether the proposed settlement should be approved as fair, reasonable, and adequate. You or your lawyer may appear at the hearing, but you don’t have to. The motion for attorneys’ fees and costs and plaintiff incentive awards will be posted on the settlement website at www.BreakfastSandwichSettlement.com after they are filed.
This is only a summary. For complete details, including the Claim Form, detailed court documents, and other information, visit www.BreakfastSandwichSettlement.com or call toll-free 1-844-412-1945.