Claim Gift Card or Coupon Target Up & Up Flushable Toddler Wipes Class Action Settlement

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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Settlement Amount

  • $1,615,000.00

Estimated Award

  • 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.

Claim Form

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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.

Important Dates

  • 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 to confirm that the date or time of the Hearing has not been changed.

Contact Information

  • Mail: Target Settlement Administrator, P.O. Box 11486, Birmingham, AL 35202-1486
  • Phone: 1-888-878-1989

Class Counsel

Settlement Website

New York HOA Files Flushable Wipes Class Action Against Costco, Target, Others

A New York homeowners’ association has filed a new flushable wipes class action lawsuit against seven major companies for allegedly marketing and selling flushable wipes that wreak havoc on wastewater and sewage treatment facilities.

The Preserve at Connetquot Homeowners Association filed the flushable wipes class action lawsuit in New York federal court Monday collectively against Costco, CVS, Target, Walgreens, Wal-Mart, Kimberly-Clark, and Proctor & Gamble claiming the companies mislead consumers into believing that their flushable wipes can be flushed without adverse effects on plumbing and sewer systems.

According to the flushable wipes class action lawsuit, there are 40 units in The Preserve that are connected to an on-site sewage treatment plant via piping and sewer lines. Residents of The Preserve pay $410 per month for common charges, which include unexpected expenses associated with the contract maintenance of the sewage treatment plant or STP.

However, in 2012, the HOA incurred hefty expenses as a result of major repairs to its sewage treatment plant due to the influx of flushable wipes made and sold by the defendants. As a result, The Preserve at Connetquot has an ongoing directive to the residents to refrain from flushing purportedly flushable wipes down their toilets. Still, the homeowners’ association anticipates experiencing future clogging and increased costs associated with operating its STP and removing clogs caused by the buildup of flushable wipes.

“…Defendant’s failure to warn of the hazards posed by the use of their Flushable Wipes that, or should be known to them…Plaintiff and Class members’ wastewater equipment (have been and) continues to be clogged by Flushable Wipes. While flowing through sewer systems and sewage treatment plants, Flushable Wipes comingle to the extent that the individual wipes become unrecognizable.”

Although Costco, Target, and other manufacturers of flushable wipes label their products as flushable, biodegradable, and “safe for sewer and septic systems”, it widely documented nationwide that many of these products do break down when flushed, leading to major and costly plumbing issues, the 69-page complaint notes. In fact, many municipalities, wastewater districts, and organizations throughout the county now advise consumers to not flush “flushable” wipes. And wastewater industry officials have described flushable wipes impact on wastewater systems as “wreaking havoc” on pumps and machinery and pose “a huge problem – an absolutely horrible problem.”

During the past four years, several lawsuits have popped up against the makers of flushable wipes products for the damage and costs, many times in the tens of millions, associated with the blockages caused by the wet wipes. Cases have been reported in San Francisco, Miami, New York, and Washington D.C. In 2015, the Federal Trade Commission pulled Nice-Pak brand flushable wipes off the market.

This flushable wipes class action lawsuit seeks to represent two proposed classes: A New York STP Operators Class and a nationwide STP Operators Class affected by flushable wipe products between Dec. 4, 2011 and the present. While the plaintiff is not requesting past damages or damages already incurred, they are requesting an order enjoining the defendant to remove the “flushable” label on their products.

The Preserve at Connetquot Homeowners Association is represented by Samuel H. Rudman, Mark S. Reich, and Vincent M. Serra of Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP.

The Flushable Wipes Class Action Lawsuit is The Preserve at Connetquot Homeowners Association Inc., et al. v. Costco Wholesale Corporation, et al., Case No. 2:17-cv-07050-JFB-AYS, in the U.S District Court for the Eastern District of New York.