Settlement Reached in Dog Food Recall

Mediation involving Menu Foods yields a comprehensive agreement that is still subject to approval.

Posted: April 3, 2008, 5 a.m. EST

Parties involved in settlement talks for class-action litigation stemming from last year’s melamine-spurred pet food recalls have reached a comprehensive, cross-border agreement, Menu Foods Income Fund, parent of Menu Foods, reported in early April.

The settlement is subject to various conditions, including the approval of certain other parties, the execution of a definitive settlement agreement, and U.S. and Canadian court approval.

Furthermore, Menu expects the definitive terms of the settlement and a motion for preliminary approval will be filed in U.S. District Court (in New Jersey) on May 1, with a hearing scheduled for May 14. The Canadian court is expected to consider the matter at about the same time, Menu reported.

Menu and its insurer would fund the settlement, and Menu estimates its direct recall costs, which don’t include lost sales, will remain at about $55 million Canadian (about $54 million U.S. at early April exchange rates).

If approved, a settlement administrator will notify pet owners on how to make claims on the settlement fund.

For more about the dog food recall, click here.


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nellie   humansville., MO

12/26/2009 1:50:32 PM

the articals fine when we geeting our money looks like we should of got it buy now

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bertha   SAN DIEGO, CA

4/3/2008 10:04:44 PM

was ABOUT TIME!!!!They won't bring back the lost dog but, at least pay for they funerals..good luck.

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Meghan   Glendora, CA

4/3/2008 8:27:43 PM

Great article. It really informs you.

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Karen   Standish, ME

4/3/2008 5:47:23 PM

sadly so many dogs and cats lost their lives. My best friends dog died from this tainted food. Who cares about the money they lost. They caused deaths and a nations anxiety! Hopefully we can learn a lesson about buying food cheaply from over seas!

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