Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is this lawsuit about?

    This lawsuit is about whether Hill’s sale of “Prescription Diet” branded pet food pursuant to a veterinary prescription is unfair and/or deceptive under the Illinois Consumer Fraud Act, and, if so, the amount of damages. Hill’s contends that its conduct is neither unfair nor deceptive.

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  2. What is a class action, and who is involved?

    In a class action lawsuit, like this case, one or more persons called “Class Representatives” sue on behalf of themselves and other persons with similar claims, or “Class Members.” In this case, the Class Members are Plaintiffs, and Hill’s is the Defendant to the class action claims.

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  3. Who are the Class Representatives?

    The court has named Holly Blaine Vanzant as a Class Representative for the unfair conduct of this claim and Sherry Nevius as Class Representatives for both the unfair and deceptive conduct claims.

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  4. What are my options?

    If you are a Class Member, you must choose whether to stay in the Class. If you stay in the Class, you keep the possibility of getting money or benefits that may come from a trial or settlement of this lawsuit, but you give up any rights to sue Hill’s separately about the legal claims asserted in this lawsuit, and you will be bound by the outcome of the lawsuit. If you want to stay in the Class, YOU DO NOT HAVE TO DO ANYTHING NOW.

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  5. What is the current status of this lawsuit?

    The court has certified this case as a Class Action and decided that the Class Representatives will be permitted to try to prove the case in a single trial on behalf of all Class Members. At that trial, the jury will determine whether Hill’s is liable to Class Members for unfair or deceptive practices, or both, and if so, the amount of damages.

    • If the Class Representatives are successful in proving that Hill’s is liable for damages to the Class, then each Class Member will have an opportunity to receive compensation in relation to his or her damages caused by Hill’s conduct.
    • If the Class Representatives are not successful in proving that Hill’s is liable for damages, then Class Members will not receive any compensation and will not be permitted to bring an individual claim against Hill’s related to whether the sale of Prescription Diet products pursuant to a veterinary prescription is unfair and/or deceptive under the Illinois Consumer Fraud Act.
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  6. Who is Class Counsel?

    The court has appointed Michael L. McGlamry of the law firm Pope McGlamry, P.C., Ellen M. Carey of the law firm Forde & O’Meara, LLP, and Edward J. (“Trip”) Coyne III of the law firm Ward and Smith, P.A. as Class Counsel.

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  7. How are Class Counsel being paid?

    Class Counsel are representing Class Members on a contingent fee basis and advancing all costs of the litigation, with reimbursement also contingent on the outcome of the case. If money damages are obtained for the Class, Class Counsel will submit a fee request to the court requesting reimbursement of litigation expenses and an amount of fees, as percentage of the recovery, to be determined by the court.

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  8. How do I get out of the Class Action?

    To request to be excluded from the Class, you must mail the Notice Administrator a letter or card listing your name, email address, and mailing address, indicating your wish to opt out of or be excluded from the Hill’s Prescription Pet Food Class Action. Your exclusion request must be sent by email or postmarked no later than May 21, 2024. You must send your exclusion request to:

    Vanzant v Hill’s Pet Nutrition
    P.O. Box 2467
    Portland, OR 97208-2467

    If you ask to be excluded, you keep any rights to sue Hill’s separately about the legal claims asserted in this lawsuit at your own expense, but you lose the benefits, if any, attained by the Class Representatives in the lawsuit.

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  9. Do I have a lawyer in this case?

    Contact information for Class Counsel is as follows:

    Class Counsel
    Michael L. McGlamry
    3391 Peachtree Road, NE, Suite 300
    Atlanta, GA 30326
    Ellen M Carey
    Forde & O’Meara LLP
    191 North Wacker Drive, Ste 31st Floor
    Chicago, IL 60606
    Edward J. ("Trip") Coyne III
    127 Racine Drive
    Wilmington, NC 28403

    If you want to be represented by your own lawyer, you may hire one at your own expense.

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  10. How do I get more information?

    The Class Action website provides answers to common questions about the lawsuit and other information. You can also call toll free to 1-877-425-7652.


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