Wednesday, October 15, 2008
The judge overseeing litigation related to contaminated pet food has approved a $24 million settlement. Of particular note is the fact that the settlement, by its terms, does not provide compensation for the loss of companionship (and some pet owners have objected to the settlement on those grounds):
The settlement is to compensate owners for many expenses, including: the cost of the food, medical and burial expenses for their animals, the value of the animals or the cost of replacement pets, checkups for animals who ate the food but did not get sick, replacing carpets ruined by sick pets, and time the owners took off work to seek treatment for their animals.
10,000 claims have been brought so far with an average request of $1,500; that number is likely to drop on review.