Morning Song Wild Bird Food

Nationwide Consumer Class Action Settlement of In re Morning Song Bird Food Litigation, 3:12-cv-01592-JAH-AGS (S.D. Cal.)

Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP has secured a nationwide consumer settlement with The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company (“SMG”) for up to $85,000,000, or more depending on claims, in refunds to consumers who purchased certain Morning Song wild bird food products illegally treated with pesticides that are known to be hazardous to birds.  On January 31, 2019, the Honorable John A. Houston of the United States District Court for the Southern District of California (the “Court”) preliminarily approved the Settlement and directed that class members receive notice and an opportunity to claim their refunds.

If you purchased certain Morning Song wild bird food products between November 1, 2005 and May 1, 2008, you may be entitled to a refund.  The deadline to submit a claim form for a refund is July 1, 2019.  Click here for a copy of the claim form.  Claims can also be submitted online at www.birdfoodsettlement.com.

A list of the eligible wild bird food products is available at www.birdfoodsettlement.com.

Click here for a copy of the Notice of Proposed Class Action Settlement.

Click here for a copy of the Stipulation of Settlement.

Click here for a copy of Judge Houston’s order granting motion for final approval of class action settlement and entering judgment.

About the Case

In 2012, SMG pled guilty to 11 crimes, including pesticide misuse for knowingly manufacturing and selling 73 million bags of Morning Song Wild Bird Food that it had illegally treated with Storcide II and Actellic 5E pesticides, which are hazardous to birds and other wildlife. While SMG recovered and buried in landfills millions of bags of the subject wild bird food products, it never held a consumer-level recall to refund consumers’ money.

In the summer of 2012, Robbins Geller filed a consumer class action for refunds against SMG and The Scotts Company, LLC, alleging violations of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, 18 U.S.C. §1962 (“RICO”), and various state laws. James Hagedorn, SMG’s Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”), was later added as a defendant.  On March 31, 2017, the Court certified a nationwide consumer class under RICO and certain state laws, recognizing that “Plaintiffs would not have purchased the bird food if they knew it was poison.”

Click here for a copy of Judge Houston’s Class Certification Order.

About Class Counsel

Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP is one of the leading law firms advising and representing clients in complex litigation, including securities fraud, corporate takeovers, shareholder derivative claims, consumer fraud, antitrust, insurance fraud and intellectual property, as well as whistleblower protection and qui tam suits. Please visit rgrdlaw.com for more information.

If you have any questions about the settlement or the litigation, please contact Rick Nelson at 1-800-449-4900.

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