BETHLEHEM — Lovers of Bethlehem-based Just Born’s fruity Mike and Ike candy may be eligible to receive cash or free sweets as part of a $3.3 million settlement in a class-action lawsuit over empty space in the boxes.
A California judge last month gave preliminary approval to a settlement in two lawsuits that claimed the size of Just Born’s cardboard packaging was misleading to consumers.
Anyone who purchased Mike and Ike or the similarly shaped Hot Tamales cinnamon candy in cardboard boxes between Feb. 3, 2013, and July 23 of this year can file a claim for a share of the settlement.
People who saved receipts for the candy can request cash payments of 50 cents per box up to a total of $8 or a free box of candy for every two boxes purchased up to a total of eight boxes. Those without receipts can request, under penalty of perjury, vouchers for up to eight free boxes of candy. The awards could be adjusted more or less depending on how many people file claims.
In addition, the settlement requires Just Born to add to its Mike and Ike and Hot Tamales packaging an image showing the actual size of a piece of the candy or a line showing how full the box is.
Just Born announced the settlement this week with a statement that it maintains its labels and packaging comply with U.S. Food and Drug Administration requirements and provide consumers with proper information to guide their purchasing decisions.
“While we deny the allegations, any wrongdoing or causing any harm, we have agreed to settle this class action lawsuit to avoid the cost of continued litigation. We are committed to continue as a family-owned and responsible manufacturer of quality candy that consumers know and love,” the statement said.