All-Clad, a stainless steel cookware manufacturer, has been a staple in the industry since 1971, providing customers with handmade cooking and baking items such as baking sheets, saucepans, skillets, roasters, griddles, and more. The company has long been considered one of the top cookware manufacturers due to its innovation and high-quality products.
The cookware giant came under fire last year, though, when a class-action lawsuit was filed in the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. The filing accused All-Clad of falsely claiming that its cookware was dishwasher safe when, in fact, it wasn’t, according to the lawsuit against the company.
Keep reading to learn whether you qualify for compensation related to the All-Clad lawsuit, how much you can receive, and how to submit a claim.
How did the All-Clad class lawsuit come about?
Plaintiffs in the All-Clad class-action lawsuit alleged that washing the cookware in the dishwasher damaged the cookware. Specifically, they alleged the non-stick surface of the pan peeled away, leaving sharp edges behind. There are reports that some customers received sharp cuts on their hands due to the sharp edges left behind on the cookware.
Although All-Clad has denied any wrongdoing in the case, the company recently settled the allegations with a $4 million class action settlement.
Are you eligible for money?
The settlement includes anyone who purchased All-Clad D3, D5, or LTD Cookware between January 1, 2015, and July 29, 2022.
How much money can you be compensated?
Plaintiffs may be eligible for the following benefits:
- If the cookware you purchased from All-Clad exhibited “sharp edges,” you can file a claim here and choose from three different options:
- Return the damaged cookware to All-Clad in exchange for a $75 refund and new D3/D5 cookware of the same type and style.
- Return the damaged cookware in exchange for either an Essentials Hard Anodized Nonstick 13-piece cookware set or a Hard Anodized 5-piece fry-pan set. All are dishwasher safe.
- Return the damaged cookware and receive a future purchase credit of 50% off purchases of up to $1,200 (or up to a $600 value).
- If your cookware didn’t have sharp edges after washing it in the dishwasher or you threw the cookware away, you can submit a claim for a future purchase credit of 35% off on purchases of up to $750 (up to a $262.50 value on any products on All-Clad’s website. You must show proof of purchase.
If the total value of the refunds exceeds $4 million, the refunds will be reduced proportionally.
How do you receive benefits from the settlement?
Plaintiffs in the case who would like to receive reimbursement need to complete the claim form online or mail the claim form. If mailing the form, it must be postmarked no later than March 27, 2023.
What other options do you have?
Although the deadline has since passed, plaintiffs had the right to exclude themselves from the class-action lawsuit if they are currently suing All-Clad in another lawsuit or want to keep the right to sue in the future. Those who excluded themselves from this lawsuit, though, are not eligible to receive any benefits from this settlement. If you didn’t exclude yourself, you essentially gave up your right to sue All-Clad from the claims in this settlement in the future.
Filing a lawsuit against All-Clad in small claims court
If you opted out of the settlement you can consider filing a suit against All-Clad in small claims court, which is typically cheaper and quicker than other legal avenues.
In small claims court, you typically have about 15 minutes to state your case to the small claims court judge, and the entire process takes about 2 to 3 months. You can use getdispute.com to generate a small claims case online.
Consider contacting an attorney for advice if you are uneasy about filing a lawsuit in small claims court or are unsure how the process works.