Who is a Class Member
The Target Up & Up Flushable Toddler Wipes Class Action Settlement includes “all persons residing in the United States who purchased Up & Up flushable toddler wipes from April 18, 2010 through the discontinuation of the “Buckeye” product formulation on October 31, 2014.”
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- Target Gift Card or Target Coupon for free Up & Up Products
Claimants can opt to receive either a $1.35 Target gift card or a coupon for a unit of current Up & Up wipes manufactured by Nice-Pak (double 48- count package or equivalent depending on wipes product) up to a maximum of 20 units.
Proof of Purchase
- Claimants are not required to submit proof of purchase. However, if you do not provide proof of purchase, your claim will be limited to a maximum of 20 units or $27.00.
Target Up & Up Flushable Toddler Wipes Settlement Notes
- Christopher Meta v. Target Corp., et al.
- Case No. 4:14-cv-00832-DCN
- Pending in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, Cleveland Division
In 2014, plaintiff Christopher Meta brought this class action lawsuit against Target and Nice-Pak alleging that Target Up & Up Flushable Toddler Wipes, were in fact not flushable. Specifically, Meta claims that, contrary to Target’s representations, the Up & Up Flushable Toddler Wipes are not sewer and septic safe and do not break apart after flushing. Rather, they end up clogging consumers’ plumbing and septic systems, potentially resulting in hundreds, even thousands of dollars in damage.
Indeed, this is precisely what happened to Meta as a result of his use of the Up & Up Wipes, the Target Flushable Wipes class action lawsuit states.. Simply put, the Up & Up Wipes are defective because they are not “flushable.” Meta says that after regularly purchasing and using the flushable wipes in potty training his daughter, he began to notice problems with the plumbing in his house, such as the tub not draining and toilet not flushing properly. These problems usually went away on their own.
However, in November 2013, Meta hired a plumbing company to diagnose the problem. It was discovered that the Up & Up Flushable Toddler Wipes Meta had disposed of via his toilet had not dispersed and had instead caked together in the plumbing and septic system. He had to payout $210 for labor and service and was informed that hat the septic system could be permanently damaged due to the wipes and could cost upwards of $20,000 for a replacement system.
Target and Nice-Pak deny the claims but opted to pay out $1.65 million to resolve the case. Complete details about the case and settlement are provided on the Target Up & Up Flushable Toddler Wipes Settlement website.
Class members who wish to object to or exclude themselves from the settlement must do so by July 9, 2018. Class members who wish to participate in the settlement must submit a claim form on or before September 7, 2018.
- 9/7/18: Claim Form Deadline
- 7/9/18: Objection or Exclusion Deadline
- 8/7/18: Final Hearing at 9:00 am ET* (class members do not need to attend this hearing in order to receive a slice of the settlement pie).
*Settlement Class Members who wish to speak at the hearing should check www.UpAndUpWipesSettlement.com to confirm that the date or time of the Hearing has not been changed.
- Mail: Target Settlement Administrator, P.O. Box 11486, Birmingham, AL 35202-1486
- Phone: 1-888-878-1989
- Dennis R. Lansdowne, Stuart E. Scott, and Jeremy A. Tor of Spangenberg Shibley & Liber LLP
- Hassan Zavareei and Andrew J. Silver of Tycko & Zavareei LLP