Martinelli v. Johnson & Johnson, et al.
Benecol Spreads Settlement

Welcome to the Benecol Spreads Settlement Website

If You Purchased Benecol Spreads, You Could be Entitled to Money from a Class Action Settlement


What is this lawsuit about?

A Settlement Agreement has been reached in a class action lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson and McNeil Nutritionals, LLC ("Defendants"), Case No. 2:15-cv-01733-MCE-DB in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California.  The lawsuit is related to Benecol Regular and Light Spreads ("Benecol Spreads").  Purchasers have alleged that the labeling of Benecol Spreads claims that the product contains "No Trans Fats" and "No Trans Fatty Acids," but that Benecol Spreads contain Trans Fats through the use of partially hydrogenated oils, and as such the labels on Benecol Spreads are false and misleading.  Defendants deny the allegations and contend that the label is not misleading and clearly identified that the product contained insignificant amounts of Trans Fats. 


Am I part of this Class?

If you purchased Benecol Spreads between January 1, 2008 and December 31, 2011, you may be entitled to payment under the Settlement reached in this case.


What does the Settlement provide?

As part of this Settlement, Defendants have agreed to pay Settlement Class Members who do not have Proof of Purchase $5 per tub for Benecol Spreads purchased between January 1, 2008 and December 31, 2011, for up to four (4) tubs of Benecol Spreads in total (i.e. up to $20).  Settlement Class Members with a Proof of Purchase may receive a full refund for as many tubs of Benecol Spreads purchased between January 1, 2008 and December 31, 2011 for which they have a Proof of Purchase.  A qualifying "Proof of Purchase" shall mean documentary evidence (e.g. a receipt, a transaction on a store loyalty card) establishing the purchase of Benecol Spreads, the date of purchase, and the purchase price. 

You must submit a valid Claim Form to receive any benefits under this Settlement. 


If you are a Class Member, your legal rights will be affected whether you act or not. Read the Notice carefully to see what your rights and options are in connection with this class action lawsuit.




The only way to get benefits under this Settlement. You must file a claim by February 25, 2022.


Get no benefits. Give up your rights to sue Defendants about the legal claims in this case.


Get no benefits. This is the only option that may allow you to sue Defendants over the claims being resolved by this Settlement. You must exclude yourself by January 26, 2022.


Write the Court about why you do not think this Settlement is fair, reasonable, or adequate. You must object by January 26, 2022.


You could have asked to speak in Court about the Fairness of the Settlement. The Court approved the Settlement on September 9, 2022 and a copy of the Order can be viewed on the Important Document page.

For More Information

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Benecol Spreads Settlement
c/o JND Legal Administration
PO Box 91426
Seattle, WA 98111