General Mills settles YoPlus yogurt class action lawsuit for $8.5 million

Posted on: March 5th, 2013 by Steve Larson

Fotolia YogurtGeneral Mills agreed to settle a class action lawsuit which alleges that the company misled consumers regarding additional digestive health benefits provided by its YoPlus Probiotic Yogurt over other yogurt products.  General Mills agreed to pay $8.5 million, entitling consumers who purchased YoPlus in the United States between July 26, 2007, and July 5, 2012, to $4 each for each unit they purchased, up to 13 units. 

“Considering the strengths and weaknesses of this case, including the amount of potential damages available to the class after trial here and in other jurisdictions around the United States, the settlement represents an excellent result and includes relief for purchasers of YoPlus on a nationwide basis,” the plaintiffs said in a motion to approve the settlement.

If any unclaimed funds remain from the $8.5 million class action lawsuit settlement they will be distributed to the National Consumer Law Center and the Mayo Clinic, which will support Mayo’s nationwide public education efforts around nutrition and gastrointestinal health.