Djoric v. Justin Brands, Inc.
Chippewa Made In USA Settlement
BC574927

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  • You have been identified as a person who purchased a Chippewa product, while living in California, at any time from March 1, 2011, through June 30, 2017.  The Court sent you notice because you have a right to know about a proposed settlement of a class action lawsuit, and about your options, before the Court decides whether to approve the settlement. If the Court approves it and after objections and appeals are resolved, an administrator appointed by the Court will make the payments that the settlement allows.

  • The Action alleges that Defendant violated California law by improperly labeling and selling certain of its Chippewa boots and footwear (“Products” or “Chippewa Products”) as “Handcrafted in the USA” or otherwise representing that the Products were made in the United States, when they contain foreign-made parts, and that doing so was prohibited by California law. Defendant admits that it represented the Products were Handcrafted in the U.S.A., but denies that these were misrepresentations or that it violated California law.

  • In a class action, one or more people, called Class Representatives (in this case Marko Djoric), sue on behalf of people who have similar claims. All these people are a Class or Class Members. One court resolves the issues for all Class Members, except for those who exclude themselves from the Class.

  • The Court did not decide in favor of Plaintiffs or Defendants. Instead, both sides agreed to a settlement. That way, they avoid the cost of a trial, and the people affected will get compensation if they submit a claim. The Class Representative and the attorneys think the settlement is best for everyone involved.

  • The Court has decided that for settlement purposes, any individual person who made a purchase in California (including an online purchase made while the purchaser is in California) of certain Chippewa Products at any time between March 1, 2011 and June 30, 2017, is a Class Member. Those certain Products, or boot models, can be found on the Important Documents page of this website.

  • Excluded from the Class is the settling Defendant and its employees, officers, directors, agents and their corresponding legal representatives, mediators, and judges who have presided over the action.

  • The Proposed Settlement provides the following benefits and relief

    Settlement Benefits to every Class Member who does not opt out of the Settlement and submits a valid Claim Form: Benefits will consist of one of the following options, at the Class Member’s choice: one (1) fully transferrable $50.00 promotional code or voucher (promo code) per qualifying Product purchased which can be used toward the purchase of another Chippewa product; or (2) a check in the amount of $25.00 per qualifying Product purchased.

    An injunction in which Defendant agrees on a going-forward basis to revise its country of origin advertising and marketing materials (including its website), Product labels, and Product packaging, as well as to instruct its authorized retailers to make the same revisions, as necessary to ensure compliance with California law. This injunctive relief is more fully described in the Settlement Agreement, which can be viewed on the Important Documents page of this website.

    More information about the settlement benefits, including additional terms agreed to by the Defendant and the releases associated with the Settlement, can be found on the Settlement Benefits page.

  • To qualify for a payment from the settlement, you had to complete and send in the Claim Form by September 7, 2018. The claims period has expired and no new claims will be accepted.

  • The Court held a hearing on July 31, 2018 at 9:00 a.m., following which the Court granted final approval to the settlement.  Copies of the Court's order and judgment are available for download from the Important Documents page.  If the settlement receives final approval, and provided there are no appeals to the Court's decision, the benefit distribution is anticipated to take place during the first week of November.

  • In return for the Settlement, Class Members who do not request exclusion from the Settlement Class agree to release (give up) all claims asserted in this Action against Defendant, meaning that they cannot sue or be part of any other lawsuit against Defendant about the legal issues in this case. It also means that all of the Court’s orders in the Action will apply to them and legally bind them. By signing the Claim Form, you will agree to a “Release of Claims,” as detailed in Section K of the Settlement Agreement, which is available for download from the Important Documents page.

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Mail

Djoric v. Justin Brands, Inc. Claims Administrator
c/o JND Legal Administration
PO Box 91306
Seattle, WA 98111