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If you purchased below listed products directly
from Babies “R” Us in the U.S., a class action
settlement may affect your rights.


UPDATE:

On February 19, 2013, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit issued an Order vacating the approval of the Settlement. A copy of the Order can be found here. The District Court and the parties are considering next steps in light of the Order.




UPDATED NOTICE:
New Information As of July 26, 2011

A prior notice on this website advised that Defendant Regal Lager, Inc. had failed to make its agreed upon payment, and the Settlement Amount had been reduced from $35,500,000 to $35,240,000 and claims against Regal Lager would not be released.

As of July 26, 2011, Regal Lager has made its agreed upon contribution to the Settlement Fund, plus interest, and the Settlement Amount has been restored to $35,500,000, as originally noticed. Therefore, if the Court grants Final Approval, the claims against Regal Lager will now be released with those of the other Defendants.


Two class action lawsuits are currently pending in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. The lawsuits allege that Babies “R” Us conspired with each of the defendant manufacturers in violation of federal antitrust laws. As a result, customers allegedly paid higher prices for those products. The Defendants deny they did anything wrong. The Court has not decided who is right and who is wrong.

Under the terms of the proposed settlement, each class member who submits a valid claim may be entitled to money. The Released Defendants have agreed to make payments totaling $35,240,000.00* to settle the claims made in these lawsuits.

If you purchased one or more of the listed Baby Products directly from Babies “R” Us or Toys “R” Us in the U.S. within the specific time stated, then you are a member of a Settlement Subclass.



Product: Purchased between:
BabyBjörn baby carrier 2/2/00 - 4/30/05
Britax car seat 1/1/99 - 1/31/11
Kids Line products 1/1/99 - 12/31/06
Maclaren stroller 10/1/99 - 1/31/11
Medela Pump In Style breast pump 7/1/99 - 1/31/11
Peg Perego car seat 7/1/99 - 1/31/11
Peg Perego high chair 7/1/99 - 1/31/11
Peg Perego stroller 7/1/99 - 1/31/11


You have a choice of whether to stay in any Settlement Subclass or not, and you must decide now.

Stay In: You will be legally bound by the terms of the settlement, and you won’t be able to sue the Released Defendants—as part of any other lawsuit—for any overcharges relating to any of the listed products during the specified time frames.

To receive benefits from the settlement, you must submit a valid, sworn Claim Form. The Claim Form must be postmarked, faxed, or submitted online by August 1, 2011. Any member of any Settlement Subclass that does not timely submit a valid, sworn Claim Form will not be entitled to settlement benefits. To obtain or file a Claim Form click here.

Get Out: If you get out, you will not receive benefits from the proposed settlement, but you will keep rights to sue Defendants for these claims, and will not be bound by the terms of the settlement.

To be excluded from the Settlement Subclasses, you must act by June 6, 2011. For more information on excluding yourself from the settlement click here.

Object: If you stay in the Settlement Subclasses, you can object to the settlement by June 6, 2011. For more information on objecting the settlement click here.

The Court has appointed Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP, Spector Roseman Kodroff & Willis PC, and Wolf Haldenstein Adler Freeman & Herz LLC to represent the Settlement Subclasses. You may hire your own attorney, if you wish, at your own expense.

The Court, will hold a Fairness Hearing on July 6, 2011 at 10:00 a.m., to determine whether the proposed settlement is fair, reasonable, and adequate and to approve attorney fees and costs. The Hearing is at the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 601 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106. If you are a member of a Settlement Subclass who did not seek to be excluded, you may write to the Court to object to the proposed settlement, and you may ask to speak at the hearing about the fairness of the proposed settlement.

* The Settlement Amount was reduced from $35,500,000 because Regal Lager, Inc. did not make its contribution to the Settlement Fund. As a result, claims against Regal Lager, Inc. will not be released.