Your Legal Rights and Options
What is this?
The Court has certified this lawsuit as a class action. The lawsuit alleges that Defendants made false and misleading representations about the effectiveness of the Zicam Pre-Cold Products.
Stay in the lawsuit. Await the outcome. Give up certain rights.
Get out of this lawsuit. Get no benefits from this lawsuit. Keep rights.
The 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 Defendants, on your behalf, are correct. Chief Judge Morrison C. England, Jr. of the United States Court for the Eastern District of California is overseeing this class action. The lawsuit is known as Melgar v. Zicam LLC, Case No. 2:14-cv-00160-MCE-AC.
This lawsuit is about whether Defendants made false and misleading representations about the effectiveness of the Zicam Pre-Cold Products.
In a class action lawsuit, one or more people called “Class Representatives” (in this case, Plaintiff Yesenia Melgar) sue on behalf of other people who have similar claims. The people together are a “Class” or “Class Members.” The named plaintiff who sued – and all the Class Members like them – are called the Plaintiffs. The companies they sued (in this case, Defendants Zicam LLC and Matrixx Initiatives, Inc.) 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.
The Court certified the following class:
A Class of all all purchasers of Zicam RapidMelts Original, Zicam RapidMelts Ultra, Zicam Oral Mist, Zicam Ultra Crystals, Zicam Liqui-Lozenges, Zicam Lozenges Ultra, and Zicam Chewables (“the Products”) after February 15, 2011 in California, Delaware, D.C., Kansas, Missouri, New Jersey, Ohio, Utah, Virginia and West Virginia.
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 in the Court Documents section of this website.
Defendants manufacture and distribute the Zicam Pre-Cold Products. Plaintiff alleges that Defendants misrepresent the effectiveness of the Zicam Pre-Cold Products and that the products are placebos. You can read Plaintiff’s First Amended Complaint in the Court Documents section of this website
Defendants deny any wrongdoing and deny the Plaintiff’s allegations. You can read Defendants’ Answer to the First Amended Complaint in the Court Documents section of this website
The Court hasn’t decided whether the Defendants or the Plaintiff are correct. By establishing the Class and issuing the Notice, the Court is not suggesting that the Plaintiff will win or lose this case. The Plaintiff must prove her claims in the litigation, including at a trial, if necessary.
The Plaintiff is generally asking Defendants to provide a full refund of the purchase price Class members paid for the Zicam Pre-Cold Products. The Plaintiff’s complaint also seeks to obtain all such other relief to which they may be entitled to including, without limitation, actual and punitive damages.
No money or benefits are available now because the Court has not yet made a final decision whether Defendants did anything wrong, and the two sides 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.
You have to decide now whether to stay in the Class or ask to be excluded before the trial.
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 Representative wins or loses the trial, you will not be able to separately sue, or continue to sue, Defendants – 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.
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 Plaintiff obtains them as a result of the trial or from any settlement (that may or may not be reached) between Defendants and Plaintiff. However, you may then be able to separately sue or continue to sue Defendants 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 Defendants 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 Defendants, you should talk to your own lawyer soon, because your claims may be subject to a statute of limitations.
To exclude yourself from the Class, you must send a written request for exclusion that is received no later than May 17, 2017, to:
Zicam Pre-Cold Products Litigation
c/o RG/2 Claims Administration LLC
P.O. Box 59479
Philadelphia, PA 19102-9479
Your request for exclusion must contain: (1) the name of this lawsuit, “Melgar v. Zicam LLC, Case No. 2:14-cv-00160-MCE-AC”; (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 in the Court Documents section of this website.
The Court appointed the law firm of Bursor & Fisher, P.A. to represent the Plaintiff and all Class Members as “Class Counsel.” More information about this law firm, its practices, and the lawyers’ experience is available at www.bursor.com.
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.
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 Defendants.
As long as the case isn’t resolved by a settlement or otherwise, Class Counsel will have to prove the Plaintiff’s claims in this litigation, including at a trial if necessary. There is no guarantee that the Plaintiff will win, or that they will get any money for the Class. The trial date has not yet been determined.
You do not need to attend the trial. Class Counsel will present the case for the Class members, and Defendants 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.
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.
You may also contact Class Counsel by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by writing to Zicam Pre-Cold Products Litigation, c/o RG/2 Claims Administration LLC, P.O. Box 59479, Philadelphia, PA 19102-9479.