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Pet food recall: Diamond Pet Food settlement

by Therese on January 3, 2008

in Cats, Dogs, Pet Food Recall, Pets

People who purchased recalled Diamond Pet Food may be entitled to a monetary settlement, due to a class action lawsuit. From Reuters:

KNOXVILLE, Tenn., Jan. 2 /PRNewswire/ — The following statement is being issued by Jeff Thompson, O’Neil, Parker & Williamson; Jim Andrews, Attorney; and Perry Craft, Craft & Sheppard, regarding the Bass v. Schell & Kampeter, Inc., d/b/a Diamond Pet Foods Inc. and Diamond Pet Foods.

A settlement has been reached in a class action lawsuit regarding recalled Diamond Pet Food products. A settlement fund, worth up to $3.1 million, will be established and pay consumers who purchased recalled Diamond Pet Food products, and compensate dog owners whose dogs were injured as a result of eating recalled Diamond Pet Food products.

People who reside in the following states and purchased recalled Diamond Brand or Country Value Brand Pet Food products in 2005, and did not return the food for a refund are included in this settlement: Alabama, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, and West Virginia. You may also be part of the settlement class if your dog was injured, or if you incurred any veterinary bills as a result ofyour dog being injured from eating Diamond Brand Dog Food. Some of the recalled products contained toxins that injured dogs.

In December 2005, Diamond Pet Foods issued a recall on some of their dog food products. The lawsuit alleges that many consumers have not received a refund for the recalled food.

Diamond denies any wrongdoing and contends that they have not violated any laws. The court has not made any decisions regarding the facts of the case, however, a settlement has been reached to resolve the issues and avoid costly time-consuming litigation.

Diamond will create a settlement fund of up to $3.1 million to provide compensation for valid claims. Attorneys’ fees, costs, and expenses will also be covered by the settlement as determined by the court. The complete settlement agreement, which is available at the website, describes all the details of the settlement.

Consumers may be able to receive compensation if they can show that the recalled food they purchased was not returned for a refund. Consumers will also be entitled to payment for any veterinary expenses that were incurred as a result of their dog being injured after eating the contaminated pet food.

Read the rest from Reuters here.

You can also get information including the settlement agreement and a claim form from the Diamond Pet Food Settlement Website. To make a claim for settlement benefits, you must send in a completed Claim Form, postmarked no later than April 15, 2008. Filing a claim means you will not be able to sue Diamond for this in the future, so be sure to read the information on the website thoroughly before filing your claim.

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kim March 6, 2012 at 12:23 pm

I have been feeding Diamond dog food to my dogs since they werer puppies, and have highly reccommened this food to those who have bought our puppies. We have raised labs for a number of years but we are no longer bred for the past 5 years. so far this year in jan 2012 my 11 yr old yellow male was diagnosed with testicular cancer and had to be nuetured. My 12 yr old black lab male past away in feb of cancer and now it is march and my 12 yr old pit bull was just diagnosed with lung cancer and given two weeks to live. I am so distraught right now it is unbearable. Is there anyone out there that has been feeding diamond dog food with similar problems. I would love to know

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