April 2014: A federal judge granted final approval of the settlement agreement.
October 2013: A federal judge preliminarily approved a settlement to a class-action lawsuit alleging that Rawlings Sporting Goods falsely advertises its Power Balance Performance Bracelet. The complaint, originally filed in 2012, alleges that company represents that the Performance Bracelet will provide consumers with increased energy when, according to plaintiffs, it is actually just a rubber band that does not provide consumers with any increased energy at all or with any health benefits. According to the settlement terms, class members with proof of purchase who return the bracelet will receive a full refund plus shipping costs (of $2 per bracelet). In addition, the company agreed to stop making false claims in advertisements for the bracelet. The final fairness hearing is scheduled for April 7, 2014. (Steiner et al v. Rawlings Sporting Goods Co., Inc. and Does 1-10, Case No. 12-cv-02531, D.N.J.).
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