Barnes, et al v. River North Foods, Inc.

If you purchased Frontera or Salpica branded Products between September 1, 2011 and September 11, 2017, a class action Settlement may affect your rights

  • A proposed class action Settlement has been reached concerning River North Foods, Inc.’s  marketing practices.  The case is known as Barnes, et al v. River North Foods, Inc., Case No. 16-459, St. Clair County Circuit Court, Illinois.
  • The lawsuit alleges that the packaging on certain Frontera and Salpica branded products was false and deceptive in that the Products described as “All Natural” contained alleged synthetic ingredients and/or the label stated “evaporated cane juice” instead of “sugar.”
  • You may be an eligible Class Member if you purchased, between September 1, 2011 and September 11, 2017, (in the United States, for personal use and not resale), any Frontera or Salpica branded products which contain the terms Natural (including All Natural and 100% Natural); Evaporated Cane Juice; Evaporated Cane Juice Sugar; Evaporated Cane Sugar; citric acid; xanthan; xanthan gum; disodium phosphate; dipotassium phosphate; and/or sodium citrate on the labels, including those listed in the Fourth Amended Class Action Complaint.
  • Settlement Class Members, who do not have Proof of Purchase, may elect a Benefit of $0.50 per Unit purchased, up to 10 Units or $5.00 per Household.  With Proof of Purchase, Class Members may receive up to $0.50 per Unit for up to 20 Units or $10.00 per Household.  Settlement Class Members may receive less money depending on a number of factors including how many Valid Claims are actually submitted.  The total benefit for all class members is capped at $3,950,000.00.



Submit a Claim Form

The only way to receive payment, i.e., refunds for your purchases.

November 27, 2017


Get out of the lawsuit and the Settlement.  This is the only option that allows you to ever bring or join another lawsuit against Defendant that raises the same legal Claims released by this Settlement. You will receive no payment.

November 27, 2017

File Objection

Write to the Court about any aspect of the Settlement you don’t like or you don’t think is fair, adequate, or reasonable.

November 27, 2017

Go to a Hearing

Speak in Court about the Settlement.  (If you object to any aspect of the Settlement, you must submit a written Objection by the Objection Deadline noted above.)

December 4, 2017

Do Nothing

You will receive no payment and have no right to sue later for the Claims released by the Settlement.


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Submit Claim

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Important Dates

  • Claim Form Deadline.

    Monday, November 27, 2017 You must submit your Claim Form on-line no later than Monday, November 27, 2017, or mail your completed paper Claim Form so that it is received no later than November 27, 2017.
  • Exclusion Deadline.

    Monday, November 27, 2017 You must complete and mail your request for exclusion form so that it is received no later than Monday, November 27, 2017.
  • Objection Deadline.

    Monday, November 27, 2017 You must mail your objection(s) and/or notice of intent to appear at the Final Approval Hearing so that it/they are received no later than Monday, November 27, 2017.
  • Final Approval Hearing Date.

    Monday, December 4, 2017 The Final Approval Hearing is scheduled for December 4, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. CST. Please check this website for updates.

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