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Final Approval Granted In StarKist Tuna Case

‹ All News September 29, 2016

On September 29, 2016, Judge Haywood S. Gilliam, Jr. of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California granted final approval of a $12 million class settlement in Hendricks v. StarKist Co. The lawsuit alleged that StarKist had underfilled certain 5-ounce cans of StarKist tuna.

 

The settlement resulted in the nationwide submission of more than 2.4 million claims,  the largest number of claims ever submitted in a class action.  In his order approving the settlement, Judge Gilliam recognized that Bursor & Fisher achieved a “favorable settlement” despite “substantial risks of litigation, and the financial burden assumed.”

 

“This is a tremendous settlement for purchasers of StarKist tuna,” said Scott A. Bursor, one of the firm’s partners handling the matter.  “More than 2.4 million purchasers of StarKist tuna will receive a cash recovery that will compensate them for more than the full amount of their alleged damages.”