Kimberly-Clark Corporation has recently agreed to settle claims that its Cottonelle, Scott, Huggies Pull-Ups, Poise and Kotex flushable wipes are not that flushable after all.
According to a memo filed on April 5, Kimberly-Clark has agreed to pay up to $20 million to end two lawsuits that claimed the supposedly flushable wipes cannot be safely disposed of by being flushed down the toilet and can damage or clog plumbing, septic systems, sewage lines and pipes. Kimberly-Clark denies any wrongdoing but has decided to settle the two cases to put an end to the litigation.
The proposed settlement still needs to be approved by a judge, but keep reading to find out who the deal looks to cover, what the settlement could provide and how to file a claim for your share when the time comes.
Who’s covered by the settlement?
The settlement aims to cover anyone over the age of 18 who purchased (not for resale) Kimberly-Clark’s flushable wipes under the Cottonelle, Scott, Huggies Pull-Ups, Poise or Kotex brands anytime between February 21, 2008 and the date the deal receives preliminary approval.
What benefits will the settlement provide?
The settlement will allow those covered to receive cash payments for the wipes they bought.
Claimants who don’t submit proof of purchase will receive $0.70 per package for up to 10 packages of wipes, regardless of the number of wipes in each package. Those who do submit proof of purchase will receive $1.10 per package of wipes for up to 46 packages. Thus, the maximum payment per household is $50.60, and each household is limited to one claim.
Proof of purchase includes either the actual label or bar code portion of the wipes package (which must be mailed to the settlement administrator), or an original or photocopy or digital image of an itemized sales receipt from a retailer showing the date and place of purchase, name of the product and amount paid for the wipes.
How do I file a claim?
You won’t be able to file a claim until the settlement is approved. After that happens, there will be an official settlement website, FlushableWipesSettlement.com, where buyers can submit claims online or download a claim form to be mailed to the settlement administrator.
The claim form will ask you to provide your name and contact information, the number of packages of wipes you purchased and where you bought them. If you have proof of purchase, you can submit that along with the claim form. Importantly, if you’re submitting package labels or bar codes as proof of purchase, they must be mailed to the settlement administrator at the address listed on the claim form.
What happens next?
The next step in the process is preliminary approval. Once the judge overseeing the litigation gives the initial OK, the deal will be promoted online, including via social media.
An official settlement website, flushablewipessettlement.com, will also be set up so that those covered by the settlement can file a claim online or download a claim form and mail it to the settlement administrator.
In the meantime, you can stay up to date on the settlement by checking back to this page. We’ll post an update when and if the settlement gets approved and the website is live.
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