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This is a court authorized website about a proposed settlement of a class action lawsuit involving Pressed Juicery and its Greens Juices. The case is known as Malek v. Pressed Juicery, Inc., Case No. CIVDS2017665 and is being overseen by Judge David Cohn of the Superior Court of the State of California, County of San Bernardino.
This website explains the lawsuit, the Settlement, your legal rights, what benefits are available, and who can get them before the Court decides whether to grant Final Approval of the Settlement.
The person who filed this lawsuit is called the “Plaintiff” and the company being sued, Pressed Juicery, Inc., is called the “Defendant.”
This lawsuit claims that Pressed Juicery falsely and deceptively advertised its Greens 2, Greens 3, and Greens 5 juices as containing green vegetables, such as kale or spinach, as the primary ingredients in these juices. However, the first and primary ingredients in the Greens Juices are more sugary fruit juices such as apple, orange, or pineapple juice.
Defendant denies all of the allegations made in the lawsuit and denies any mislabeling or wrongdoing. Nothing about the Settlement is an admission of any mislabeling or wrongdoing.
In a class action, the person called a Class Representative (in this case, Kevin Malek) sues on behalf of all other people with similar claims. Together, the people included in the Class Action are called a Class or Class Members. One court resolves the issues for all Class Members, except for those who exclude themselves from the Class.
The Court did not decide in favor of the Plaintiff or the Defendant. Instead, all Parties agreed to a Settlement. This way, they avoid the cost and burden of a trial and the people affected can get benefits. The Class Representative and his attorneys think the Settlement is best for all Class Members.
You are included in the Settlement if you purchased Pressed Juicery’s Greens Juices in the United States, its territories, or at any United States military facility or exchange between May 1, 2014 and May 19, 2021. This is referred to as being part of the “Settlement Class” or being a “Class Member”.
Greens Juices refers to Pressed Juicery’s Greens 2, Greens 3, and Greens 5 juices sold in the United States.
Yes. The settlement does not include: (1) Defendant and its parents, affiliates, subsidiaries, and all of its respective employees, officers, and directors; (2) any person who files a valid and timely Request for Exclusion (for purposes of damages claims only); (3) counsel of record (and their respective law firms) for the Parties; and (4) the presiding judge in the Action or judicial officer presiding over the matter, and all of their immediate families and judicial staff.
If you are not sure whether you are included, call 855-887-3483, review this website, or write to one of the lawyers listed in FAQ13 below.
Pressed Juicery has agreed to pay $695,000 into a Settlement Fund, only part of which (as explained below) will be available to pay claims made by eligible Class Members that submit valid Claim Forms. Payment amounts will be based on the quantity of the Greens Juices purchased, the costs of Claims Administration, and the amount paid to Counsel for the Class and the named Plaintiff.
In addition to cash payments, Pressed Juicery has agreed to the following:
The Court will hold a Final Approval Hearing on October 8, 2021 to decide whether to grant Final Approval to the Settlement. If the Court approves the Settlement, there may be appeals. It is always uncertain whether appeals will be filed and, if so, how long it will take to resolve them.
Payments will be distributed as soon as possible, only if and when the Court grants Final Approval to the Settlement and after any appeals are resolved. Please be patient.
You must cash your settlement check within 180 days of issuance, or the check will be canceled and the proceeds returned to Pressed.
Unless you exclude yourself, you are a part of the Settlement Class. If the Settlement is approved and becomes final, all of the Court’s orders will apply to you and legally bind you. You will not be able to sue, continue to sue, or be part of any other lawsuit against Defendant and the Released Parties (see FAQ 12) about the legal issues resolved by this Settlement. The rights you are giving up are called Released Claims.
If and when the Settlement becomes final, Class Members fully release and discharge Pressed Juicery and its existing and former predecessors, successors, assigns, parents, subsidiaries, divisions, departments, partners, limited partners, shareholders, and affiliates; and any and all of the past, present, and future officers, directors, employees, stockholders, shareholders, managers, members, partners, limited partners, agents, servants, attorneys, insurers, representatives, licensees, licensors, customers, subrogees, accountants and assigns, and representatives of any and all of the entities identified in this paragraph; and any other Persons who are or who might be alleged to be liable for the conduct alleged in the Complaint (together, the “Released Parties”) from any and all past, present and future claims, demands, actions, and causes of action of any kind or nature whatsoever, whether at law or equity, known or unknown, direct, indirect, or consequential, liquidated or unliquidated, foreseen or unforeseen, developed or undeveloped, arising under any laws including but not limited to common law, regulations or laws, statutory law, or otherwise, whether such law is federal, foreign, or under the authority of any state, municipality, administrative or regulatory body, or arises under any other authority, including but not limited to any claims, demands, actions, or causes of action for unjust enrichment, negligence, misrepresentation fraud, breach of warranty express or implied, violation of California Civil Code 1750 et seq., violation of California Business and Professions Code Sections 17200 et seq. and 17500 et seq. or any related or similar consumer protection statutes, restitution, disgorgement of profits, injunctive or declaratory relief, arising in any manner from allegations, facts, circumstances or occurrences during the Class Period and set forth in the Complaint in the lawsuit (the “Released Claims”).
The Released Claims expressly exclude claims for personal injury against the Released Parties. Broadly speaking, the Complaint alleges that Pressed misrepresented or failed to disclose the predominance of the ingredients in the Greens juices.
More details about the claims you will be releasing are described in Section III.C of the Settlement Agreement and Release, which is available on this website, or in the public court records on file in this lawsuit. You can also talk to the lawyers listed in Question 14 below for free or you can, of course, talk to your own lawyer at your own expense if you have questions about the Released Claims or what they mean.
Yes. The Court appointed Benjamin Heikali and Joshua Nassir of Faruqi & Faruqi, LLP to represent you and other Settlement Class Members as “Class Counsel.” These lawyers and their law firm are experienced in handling similar cases. You will not be charged for these lawyers. If you want to be represented by your own lawyer, you may hire one at your own expense.
Class Counsel will ask the Court for an award of attorneys’ fees and reimbursement of out-of-pocket expenses/and or costs in an amount not to exceed $173,750. Defendant may oppose Class Counsel’s petition.
Class Counsel will also ask the Court to approve service awards to the Class Representative in an amount not to exceed $2,500. The Court will determine the appropriate amount of the attorneys’ fees, reimbursement, and incentive awards. The Service Award is intended to compensate the Class Representative for the work done and the risks in bringing and pursuing the Lawsuit.
Any amounts awarded by the Court, as well as the costs associated with administering the Settlement, will be paid by Defendant from the gross Settlement Amount ($695,000).
If you want to keep the right to sue or continue to sue Pressed Juicery or the Released Parties about the legal claims in this lawsuit, and you do not want to receive a cash payment from this Settlement, you must take steps to get out of the Settlement Class. This is called excluding yourself from, or opting out of, the Settlement.
To exclude yourself, you must submit a written Request for Exclusion. Your Request for Exclusion must include:
Your request for exclusion must be mailed to the Settlement Administrator at the address below, postmarked no later than August 9, 2021:
Malek v. Pressed Juicery, Inc.
c/o Settlement Administrator
PO Box 42683
Philadelphia, PA 19101-2683
No. Unless you exclude yourself, you are giving up the right to sue Defendant and the Released Parties for the claims that this Settlement resolves. You must exclude yourself from this Settlement to start or continue with your own lawsuit or be part of any other lawsuit against Defendant or any of the Released Parties. If you do not exclude yourself, you will be bound by the releases described above even if you do not submit a Claim Form or are not paid for any claims.
No. If you exclude yourself, you are telling the Court that you do not want to be part of the Settlement Class in this Settlement. You can only get a payment if you stay in the Settlement Class and submit a completed Claim Form, as described above.
You can tell the Court if you do not agree with the Settlement or any part of it.
If you are a Settlement Class Member and do not request exclusion, you have the right to object to the Settlement if you do not like it or a portion of it. You can give reasons why you think the Court should not approve it. The Court will consider your views before making a decision.
You may object in person at the Final Approval Hearing or in writing before the Final Approval Hearing. Settlement Class Members do not need to attend the Final Approval Hearing in order to object but shall be entitled to be heard at the Final Approval Hearing (whether individually or through separate counsel). To object in writing, you must prepare and sign a written objection stating that you object to the Settlement in Malek v. Pressed Juicery, Inc.
Your written objection must include:
The written objection can either be emailed to the Settlement Administrator at [email protected] or mailed to the following address:
Yes. You and/or your attorney may appear at Final Approval Hearing.
Objecting is simply telling the Court that you do not like something about the Settlement. You can object only if you remain a Class Member (that is, do not exclude yourself).
Excluding yourself is telling the Court that you do not want to be part of the Settlement. If you exclude yourself, you cannot object because the Settlement no longer affects you.
The Court will hold a hearing to decide whether to approve the Settlement. You may attend and you may ask to speak, but you are not required to do so.
The Court will hold a Final Approval Hearing at 10:00 am on October 8, 2021 at the Superior Court of California County of San Bernardino, Courtroom S26, 247 W 3rd St, San Bernardino, CA 92415. At this hearing, the Court will consider whether the Settlement is fair, reasonable and adequate. It will also consider whether to approve Class Counsel’s request for an award of attorneys’ fees and expenses, as well as the Class Representative’s Service Awards. If there are objections, the Court will consider them. Judge David Cohn will listen to people who have asked to speak at the hearing (see FAQ 20 and FAQ 24). After the hearing, the Court will decide whether to approve the Settlement. We do not know how long these decisions will take.
No. Class Counsel will answer any questions the Judge may have about the Settlement. However, you are welcome to come to the hearing at your own expense. If you send an objection, you do not have to appear in court to talk about it. As long as you mailed your written objection on time, signed it and provided all of the required information (FAQ 18), the Court will consider it. You may also pay your own lawyer to attend, but it is not necessary.
Yes. You may ask the Court for permission to speak at the Final Approval Hearing.
This website summarizes the proposed Settlement. Complete details are provided in the Settlement Agreement and Release. The Settlement Agreement and Release, Claim Form and other related documents are available on this website, by calling 855-887-3483, or by emailing or writing to Malek v. Pressed Juicery, Inc. c/o Settlement Administrator, PO Box 42683, Philadelphia, PA 19101-2683, [email protected]
Publicly-filed documents can also be obtained by visiting the Superior Court of California County of San Bernardino during business hours.
PLEASE DO NOT CONTACT THE COURT, THE JUDGE, OR THE CLERK OF COURT’S OFFICE REGARDING THIS NOTICE
If you are Class Member and you do nothing, you will give up the rights explained in FAQ 11, including your right to start a lawsuit, continue with a lawsuit, or be part of any other lawsuit against Defendant and the Released Parties about the legal issues resolved by this Settlement. In addition, you will not be eligible to receive a cash payment.