AUSTIN, Texas (Legal Newsline) — The Office of Texas
Attorney General Ken Paxton has announced that a federal court agreed with the
state’s brief, rejecting the proposed class action settlement in the Similasan
Similasan had been accused of false advertising for its
homeopathic products. A proposed settlement would have only paid class
attorneys and two plaintiffs, while not providing relief for affected
“Class actions should be a means to make injured persons
whole, not a tool to enrich lawyers at the expense of the very injured persons
they claim to represent,” Paxton said.
To fight the settlement, Arizona, Texas and six other
attorneys general filed a brief July 28. In the brief, the attorneys general said the settlement was unfair, unreasonable and inadequate for consumers. “Only the defendant, class counsel, and the named plaintiffs
receive particularized value from the deal, which fails to protect the absent
class members,” the brief stated.
“All class members are giving up all of their non-personal
injury monetary claims against the defendant without receiving any compensation
different from the public at large,” the court said.