United States District Court for the Southern District of New York|
If You Purchased Capatriti 100% Pure Olive Oil, A Class Action Lawsuit May Affect Your Rights
A federal court authorized this notice. This is not a solicitation from a lawyer.
- Purchasers of Capatriti 100% Pure Olive Oil have sued its distributor, Kangadis Food Inc. ("KFI"), alleging fraud-based and warranty claims for mislabeling and selling pomace oil, an industrially processed oil, as Capatriti "100% Pure Olive Oil." Notice of the lawsuit against KFI was published in April 2014.
- A second lawsuit has been brought against three individual shareholders of KFI, Andromahi Kangadis, Aristidis Kangadis, Themis Kangadis, and a related company, Kangadis Family Management LLC (collectively, the "Insiders").
- The Court has allowed the lawsuit against the Insiders to be a class action on behalf of all persons in the United States who purchased Capatriti 100% Pure Olive Oil packed before March 1, 2013.
- The Court has not decided whether the Insiders did anything wrong. There are no benefits available now, and no guarantee there will be. However, your legal rights are affected, and you have a choice to make now:
|Your Legal Rights and Options|
|What is This?
||The Court has certified this lawsuit as a class action. The lawsuit alleges fraud-based and warranty claims against the Insiders for mislabeling and selling of pomace oil, an industrially processed oil, as Capatriti "100% Pure Olive Oil."
||Stay in the lawsuit. Await the outcome. Give up certain rights.
By doing nothing, you keep the possibility of getting money or benefits that may come from a trial or a settlement. But, you will give up any rights to sue the Insiders separately about the same legal claims in this lawsuit.
||Get out of this lawsuit. Get no benefits from this lawsuit. Keep rights.
If you ask to be excluded and money or benefits are later awarded, you won't share in those. But, you keep any rights to sue the Insiders separately about the same legal claims in this lawsuit.
- Your options — and the deadlines to exercise them — are explained in this notice. To ask to be excluded, you must act before October 31, 2014.
- Lawyers must prove the claims against the Insiders at a trial. If money or benefits are obtained from the Insiders, you will be notified about how to ask for a share
|1. Why did I get this notice?|
This notice explains that the Court has allowed, or "certified," a class action lawsuit that may affect you. You have legal rights and options that you may exercise before the Court holds a trial. The trial is to decide whether the claims being made against Kangadis, on your behalf, are correct. Judge Jed S. Rakoff of the United States Court for the Southern District of New York, is overseeing this class action. The lawsuit is known as Ebin v. Kangadis Family Management, LLC, Case No. 14-cv-1324.
|2. What is this lawsuit about?|
This lawsuit is about whether the Insiders can be held liable for KFI's alleged misbranding of Capatriti 100% Pure Olive Oil product by selling pomace oil, an industrially processed oil, as "100% Pure Olive Oil."
|3. What is a class action and who is involved?|
In a class action lawsuit, one or more people called "Class Representatives" (in this case, Plaintiffs Joseph Ebin and Yeruchum Jenkins) sue on behalf of other people who have similar claims. The people together are a "Class" or "Class Members." The named plaintiffs who sued — and all the Class Members like them — are called the Plaintiffs. The individuals and company they sued (the Insiders) are called the Defendants. One court resolves the issues for everyone in the Class — except for those people who choose to exclude themselves from the Class.
|4. Am I part of this Class?|
The Class includes "all persons in the United States who purchased Capatriti 100% Pure Olive Oil packed before March 1, 2013." If you purchased Capatriti 100% Pure Olive Oil that was packed before March 1, 2013, you are a Class Member.
|5. Why is this lawsuit a class action?|
The Court decided that this lawsuit can be a class action and move towards a trial because it meets the requirements of Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 23, which governs class actions in federal courts.
More information about why the Court is allowing this lawsuit to be a class action is in the Court's Order Certifying the Class, which is available at www.KangadisLawsuit.com.
The Claims in the Lawsuit
|6. What does the lawsuit complain about?|
From 2006 through March 1, 2013, KFI distributed a pomace oil product that it labeled as Capatriti 100% Pure Olive Oil. Plaintiffs claim that KFI misbranded the product as "100% Pure Olive Oil" when in fact, it did not contain 100% pure olive oil and that the Insiders can be held liable. You can read Plaintiffs' Complaint at www.KangadisLawsuit.com.
|7. How do the Insiders answer?|
The Insiders have not yet responded to the Complaint.
|8. Has the Court decided who is right?|
The Court hasn't decided whether the Insiders or the Plaintiffs are correct. By establishing the Class and issuing this Notice, the Court is not suggesting that the Plaintiffs will win or lose this case. The Plaintiffs must prove their claims in the litigation, including at a trial, if necessary.
|9. What are the Plaintiffs asking for?|
The Plaintiffs are generally asking for a full refund of the purchase price Class members paid for Capatriti 100% Pure Olive Oil. Plaintiffs' complaint also seeks to obtain all such other relief to which they may be entitled pursuant to New York and New Jersey law, including, without limitation, actual, statutory, and punitive damages and treble damages.
No money or benefits are available now because the Court has not yet made a final decision whether KFI or the Insiders did anything wrong, and the parties have not settled the case. There is no guarantee that money or benefits ever will be obtained. If they are, you will be notified about how to ask for a share.
Your Rights and Options
You have to decide now whether to stay in the Class or ask to be excluded before the trial.
|10. What happens if I do nothing at all?|
You don't have to do anything now if you want to keep the possibility of getting money or benefits from this lawsuit. By doing nothing, you are staying in the Class. If you stay in and the Class is awarded money or benefits, either as a result of the trial or a settlement, you will be notified about how to apply for a share (or how to ask to be excluded from any settlement).
Keep in mind that if you do nothing now, regardless of whether the Class Representatives win or lose the trial, you will not be able to separately sue, or continue to sue, the Insiders — as part of any other lawsuit — for the same legal claims that are the subject of this lawsuit. You will also be legally bound by all of the Orders the Court issues and judgments the Court makes in this class action.
|11. Why would I ask to be excluded?|
If you exclude yourself from the Class — which is sometimes called "opting-out" of the Class — you won't get any money or benefits from this lawsuit even if the Plaintiffs obtain them as a result of the trial or from any settlement (that may or may not be reached) between the Insiders and Plaintiffs. However, you may then be able to separately sue or continue to sue the Insiders for the legal claims that are the subject of this lawsuit. If you exclude yourself, you will not be legally bound by the Court's judgments in this class action.
If you bring your own lawsuit against the Insiders after you exclude yourself, you will have to hire and pay your own lawyer for that lawsuit, and you will have to prove your claims. If you do exclude yourself so you can start or continue your own lawsuit against the Insiders, you should talk to your own lawyer soon, because your claims may be subject to a statute of limitations.
|12. How do I exclude myself from the Class?|
To exclude yourself from the Class, you must send a written request for exclusion that is received no later than October 31, 2014, to:
Capatriti 100% Pure Olive Oil Litigation
c/o Angeion Group
1801 Market Street, Suite 660
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Your request for exclusion must contain: (1) the name of this lawsuit, "Ebin v. Kangadis Family Management LLC, Case No. 14-cv-1324"; (2) your full name and current address; (3) a clear statement of intention to exclude yourself such as "I wish to be excluded from the Class"; and (4) your signature. You may also get an Exclusion Request form at www.KangadisLawsuit.com.
The Lawyers Representing You
|13. Do I have a lawyer in this case?|
The Court appointed the law firm of Bursor & Fisher, P.A. to represent the Plaintiffs and all Class Members as "Class Counsel." More information about this law firm, its practices, and its lawyers' experience is available at www.bursor.com.
|14. Should I get my own lawyer?|
If you choose to remain in the Class, you do not need to hire your own lawyer because Class Counsel are working on your behalf. But, if you want your own lawyer, you will be responsible for paying that lawyer. For example, you can ask him or her to appear in Court for you if you want someone other than Class Counsel to speak for you.
|15. How will the lawyers be paid?|
If Class Counsel get money or benefits for the Class, they may ask the Court for fees and expenses. You will not have to pay these fees and expenses. If the Court grants Class Counsel's request, the fees and expenses would be either deducted from any money obtained for the Class or paid separately by the Insiders.
|16. How and when will the Court decide who is right?|
As long as the case isn't resolved by a settlement or otherwise, Class Counsel will have to prove the Plaintiffs' claims in this litigation, including at a trial if necessary. There is no guarantee that the Plaintiffs will win, or that they will get any money for the Class. The trial will commence on November 3, 2014.
|17. Do I have to come to the trial?|
You do not need to attend the trial. Class Counsel will present the case for the Class members, and the Insiders will present the defenses. You are welcome to come at your own expense. If you wish to participate in the trial, you should contact Class Counsel.
|18. Will I get money after the trial?|
If the Class obtains money or benefits as a result of the trial or a settlement, you will be notified about how to participate. We do not know how long this will take.
Getting More Information
|19. Are more details available?|
Visit the website, at www.KangadisLawsuit.com, where you will find the Court's Order Certifying the Class, the Plaintiffs' Complaint, Kangadis's Answer, an Exclusion Request Form, and the Court's Order certifying the Class in a related case.
You may also contact Class Counsel by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by writing to: Capatriti 100% Pure Olive Oil Litigation, c/o Angeion Group, 1801 Market Street, Suite 660, Philadelphia, PA 19103.
PLEASE DO NOT CALL OR WRITE TO THE COURT FOR INFORMATION OR ADVICE.
|DATED: September 22, 2014
||BY ORDER OF THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK