Suave 24-Hour Antiperspirant $2M Class Action Settlement

Will Gendron
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Published
June 12, 2024 6:07 AM
Updated
July 24, 2024
Suave 24-Hour Antiperspirant $2M Class Action Settlement
Settlement Open for Claims
Award:
$9.87
Deadline:
July 15, 2024
SUBMIT CLAIM

Unilever United States, Inc. has agreed to pay $2,000,000 to settle a class action lawsuit for alleged unfair business practices by selling potentially adulterated products. This settlement concerns Suave 24-Hour Protection Powder Aerosol Antiperspirant and Suave 24-Hour Protection Fresh Aerosol Antiperspirant, which were recalled after an internal review showed slightly elevated levels of benzene in some product samples.

Who Benefits?: All natural persons who, between January 1, 2018, and March 7, 2024, purchased any Covered Product for personal, family, or household use, and not for resale.

How much can I get?: Settlement Class Members who submit a valid claim with proof of purchase will receive the purchase price for each Covered Product listed on the proof of purchase, inclusive of all taxes. Those without proof of purchase will receive the average retail price of $3.29 for up to three Covered Products per household.

Important Dates

  • Deadline to File a Claim: July 15, 2024
  • Final Approval Hearing: September 13, 2024

Can I Claim an Award?

If you are a natural person who purchased Suave 24-Hour Protection Powder Aerosol Antiperspirant or Suave 24-Hour Protection Fresh Aerosol Antiperspirant between January 1, 2018, and March 7, 2024, for personal, family, or household use, and not for resale, you are eligible to claim an award. This includes anyone who bought the products within the United States during the specified period.

To be eligible, you must submit a valid claim form by the deadline. If you have proof of purchase, you will receive the purchase price for each Covered Product listed on the proof of purchase. If you do not have proof of purchase, you will receive $3.29 for up to three Covered Products per household.

  • With Proof of Purchase: Receive the purchase price for each Covered Product listed on the proof of purchase, inclusive of all taxes.
  • Without Proof of Purchase: Receive $3.29 for up to three Covered Products per household.

Who is Excluded?

The Settlement Class does not include the judge presiding over this matter and members of his or her immediate family, Unilever, any entity in which Unilever has a controlling interest, any of Unilever’s subsidiaries, parents, affiliates, and officers, directors, employees, legal representatives, heirs, successors, or assigns, and any persons who timely exclude themselves from the Settlement Class.

How Much is the Award?

Class Members can claim monetary relief based on their proof of purchase status. Those with proof of purchase will receive the purchase price for each Covered Product listed on the proof of purchase, inclusive of all taxes. Those without proof of purchase will receive the average retail price of $3.29 for up to three Covered Products per household.

Each Settlement Class Member’s payment will be adjusted based on any cash or voucher payments received through the Recall Reimbursement Program. Payments may also be increased or decreased on a pro rata basis to ensure the total amount paid to all Settlement Class Members equals the Available Settlement Funds.

  • With Proof of Purchase: Receive the purchase price for each Covered Product listed on the proof of purchase, inclusive of all taxes.
  • Without Proof of Purchase: Receive $3.29 for up to three Covered Products per household.

Which Suave Antiperspirant Products?

The settlement concerns the following products:

  • Suave 24-Hour Protection Powder Aerosol Antiperspirant
  • Suave 24-Hour Protection Fresh Aerosol Antiperspirant

Is Proof Required to Claim the Reward?

No, proof is not required to claim an award. However, to receive the full purchase price of the Covered Products, you must submit proof. Acceptable proof includes an itemized retail sales receipt, retail store club or loyalty card record, or other documents showing the purchase of a Covered Product, the purchase price, and the date and place of the purchase. Without proof of purchase, claimants can receive $3.29 for up to three Covered Products per household.

  • With Proof of Purchase: Itemized retail sales receipt, retail store club or loyalty card record, or other document showing the purchase of a Covered Product, the purchase price, and the date and place of the purchase.
  • Without Proof of Purchase: Receive $3.29 for up to three Covered Products per household.

How to Claim Your Award

To claim your award, you must complete and submit a Claim Form by July 15, 2024. You can submit your Claim Form online at or mail a completed Claim Form to Suave Antiperspirant Settlement, c/o Claims Administrator, 1650 Arch Street, Suite 2210, Philadelphia, PA 19103. Claim Forms are also available by calling 1-888-903-7198 or by emailing info@suavesettlement.com.

Ensure that you complete the entire Claim Form and provide all necessary supporting materials. Keep a copy of your Claim Form and any supporting documents for your records. If your Claim Form is incomplete or missing information, the Claims Administrator may contact you for additional information.

$2,000,000 Settlement Fund

The settlement amount agreed upon is $2,000,000. This fund will be used to pay valid claims submitted by Settlement Class Members, cover notice and administrative costs, pay Attorneys’ Fees and Costs, and provide any Service Awards to the Class Representatives.

Settlement Class Members’ payments will be adjusted on a pro rata basis if necessary, to ensure the total amount paid to all Settlement Class Members equals the Available Settlement Funds. The settlement also accounts for any cash or voucher payments received through the Recall Reimbursement Program.

Why Is There a Class Action Settlement?

The class action lawsuit claims that certain lots of the Covered Products may contain elevated levels of benzene, and that Unilever engaged in unfair business practices by selling potentially adulterated products. The Covered Products were recalled nationwide on March 30, 2022, after Unilever’s internal review showed slightly elevated levels of benzene in some product samples.

Unilever denies all claims and any wrongdoing. However, both parties have agreed to a settlement to avoid the costs and risks of a trial and to allow Settlement Class Members to receive payments. The Court will hold a Final Approval Hearing on September 13, 2024, to decide whether to approve the settlement.

Notice Letter

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Status
Closed
Settlement Amount
$2,000,000
Award
$9.87
Is Proof Required?
No Proof
No Proof
Days Remaining to file Claim
Claim Deadline
July 15, 2024
Fairness Hearing
Final Approval Hearing
September 13, 2024
Case Number
1:21-cv-06191
Case Title
Barnes v. Unilever United States Incorporated
State
Court
Jurisdiction
Claims Administrator
Suave Antiperspirant Settlement c/o Claims Administrator 1650 Arch Street, Suite 2210 Philadelphia, PA 19103 1-888-903-7198 info@suavesettlement.com
Class Counsel
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