The deadline to claim up to $36 after a lawsuit against Keurig is fast approaching. The coffee company has been accused of misleading customers about their K-Cup products being easily recyclable.In 2018, Keurig was accused of misleading their customers about how their K-Cup products can easily be recycled. The lawsuit was filed at the District Court in North California where the plaintiffs claimed false advertising. Allegedly, the K-Cups could not easily be recycled because of their size. According to the lawsuit, the K-Cups also ended up in landfills because there are no markets to recycle them. These scenarios are against what was stated on Keurig’s website where they claim that 100% of K-Cups can be recycled since the end of 2020.
According to Patteson, Senior Director of Corporate Communications of Keurig Dr. Pepper Katie Gilroy said that the K-Cups have complied with all the federal and state laws. The packaging of the products featured authenticated How2Recycle label that clearly relays recycling instructions to customers. This means that Keurig has not publicly admitted to any misconduct. However, to avoid a prolonged litigation process, Keurig has decided to negotiate a $10 million settlement with the affected customers.
Eligibility to the Settlement
To be eligible, a customer must have purchased a single serving of K-Cup in the U.S. from June 8, 2016 until August 8, 2022. The K-Cup product purchased must have been labeled “recyclable”. However, Keurig employees, their immediate family members, Keurig legal representatives, K-Cup resellers, federal judges who presided over the lawsuit and their families, and those who requested to be excluded are not eligible to join the settlement.
The compensation will be a one-time payment of $6 to $36 per household. To be able to claim the payment, a customer must have submitted a claim form on or before January 9 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time. However, according to the Kroll Settlement Administration, those customers who received an email about the settlement only on December 16, 2022 can submit their claims until January 30 this year. Claim forms can be submitted on the settlement website or be printed out the forms and mailed to:
Smith v Keurig Green Mountain
c/o Kroll Settlement Administration LLC
PO Box 225391
New York, NY 10150-5391
Customers who have proof of purchase can receive more from the settlement. This means that customers can request a compensation of $3.50 for every 100 coffee pods purchased. However, without proof, customers are allowed only $5 per household, as reported by Patteson.