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Yo-Plus Yogurt California Class Action


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San Diego, CA: You may be affected by a consumer fraud class action lawsuit about whether General Mills falsely advertised the digestive health benefits of its Yo-Plus® brand of yogurt.

The lawsuit is called Johnson v. General Mills, Inc., Case No. 10-00061-CJC(ANx), and is in the United States District Court for the Central District of California. The Court decided this lawsuit should be a class action on behalf of a "Class," or group of people, that could include you. This notice summarizes your rights and options before an upcoming trial.

If you are included, you have to decide whether to stay in the Class and be bound by whatever results, or ask to be excluded and keep your right to sue General Mills. There is no money available now and no guarantee that there will be.

The lawsuit claims that General Mills falsely advertised its Yo-Plus® brand of yogurt. The lawsuit claims that General Mills advertised that Yo-Plus® yogurt provides digestive health benefits when General Mills didn't have a scientific basis to make that claim. The lawsuit seeks the return of money to the purchasers and a court order prohibiting the advertising. General Mills denies it did anything wrong and says its Yo-Plus® advertising was truthful and always substantiated by scientific evidence.

The Court has not decided whether the Class or General Mills is right. The attorneys for the Class will have to prove their claims at a trial.

The Class, on whose behalf the lawsuit is brought, is defined as "All persons who purchased Yo-Plus® in the State of California from the date Yo-Plus® was first sold in California to the date notice is first provided to the Class." You may be a Class Member and, if so, you have a choice of whether to stay in the Class or not, and you must decide this now.

If you stay in the Class, you will be legally bound by all orders and judgments of the Court, and you will not be able to sue, or continue to sue, General Mills in any lawsuit relating to its advertising and marketing campaign for the Yo-Plus® yogurt products. If money or benefits are obtained, you will be notified about how to request it. To stay in the Class, you do not have to do anything now.

If you ask to be excluded from the Class, you cannot get any money or benefits from this lawsuit if any are awarded, but you will keep any rights to sue General Mills for these claims, now or in the future, and will not be bound by any orders or judgments of the Court. To ask to be excluded, send a letter to Johnson v. General Mills, Inc., Case No. 10-00061, Yo-Plus® Project Administration c/o The Garden City Group, Inc., P.O. Box 9763, Dublin, OH 43017-5663, postmarked by June 1, 2012, that says you want to be excluded from the Johnson v. General Mills, Inc., Case No. 10-00061, class action. Include your name, address, and telephone number.

A detailed notice and associated documents about the litigation can be found at gcginc.com/cases/yoplus-class-action.

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Published on Mar-20-12


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