Third Circuit Issues Decision in Pet Food Litigation, End Appears in Sight
This morning, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit issued an opinion affirming in virtually respects the settlement Wexler Wallace achieved with its co-counsel on behalf of pet owners in the United States and Canada whose pets were injured or died as a result of the manufacture and sale of contaminated pet food. The case, which has been pending since March, 2007, settled for $24 Million in a little over a year. The appeals process, initiated by four out of some 24,000 class members, has held up distribution of the settlement funds to injured pet owners.
The decision of the Third Circuit affirmed the lower court’s approval of the settlement, but sent the case back to the district with instructions to make factual findings related to a particular $250,000 set aside to compensate victims for food purchases. “This is a significant development for the class,” according to Ken Wexler, co-lead counsel for the class. “We still have some work to do, but we are confident we can do what is required. The end finally appears in sight and, hopefully, the people we represent will receive their money soon.”