Ma v. Harmless Harvest

Case # 16-cv-07102
Case Name Ma v. Harmless Harvest
Jurisdiction US District Court for E.D. NY
Summary

Plaintiffs allege that Defendant improperly labeled its coconut water products as being "100% organic", despite knowing that this was inaccurate.  As a result of this inaccurate and misleading labeling, consumers paid a premium for a product that they would not have paid otherwise.

Final Approval Date N/A
Result
  1. The Court agreed with Objector St. John and DENIED the motion for Final Approval.
    • The Court found that the settlement was "not fair, reasonable, or adequate" and questioned whether the class received "adequate representation" (see Denial of Motion for Final Approval, page 17).
    • The Court also expressed concern that Class Counsel was attempting to purposely exclude Objector St. John from the class definition. (see Denial, page 16).
Dismissal of Last Appeal N/A
Attachments Docket Report.pdf
Class Action Complaint.pdf
Preliminary Approval Order.pdf
Denial of Motion for Final Approval.pdf
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Objection of Anna St. John

Objectors Anna St. John
Signers Adam E. Schulman
Attorneys Adam E. Schulman
Summary
  1. Class representation is inadequate, since benefits only are allocated to future customers, not the past customers who were wronged by the improper language.
  2. Injunctive relief is illusory, since Defendant has already removed the offending language.
  3. Attorneys' fees are excessive and improperly calculated.
Attachments Objection of Anna St. John.pdf
Motion to Expedite Rule 11 Filing.pdf
Response to Motion to Expedite Rule 11 Filing.pdf
Plaintiff's Response to Objections.pdf
Motion to File Declaration of Objector St. John.pdf
Response to Motion to File Declarations of Objector St. John.pdf
Supplemental Declaration of Objector St. John.pdf
Plaintiff's Response to Supplemental St. John Filings.pdf
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