Finding a lack of standing, a California federal court has dismissed the named plaintiffs of a putative class action against Safeway alleging that the company should have notified customers who purchased dangerous products through information gathered from its loyalty-card program. Hensley-Maclean v. Safeway, Inc., No. 11-1230 (N.D. Cal., order entered June 29, 2015). Details about the court’s refusal to dismiss the case before discovery appear in Issue 398 of this Update.
After proceeding through discovery, Safeway apparently learned that none of the plaintiffs had purchased any products subject to Class I recalls, which occur “when there is a reasonable probability that use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.” The two named plaintiffs had argued that Safeway should have notified them about recalls of Nutter Butter® Sandwich Cookies and Lucerne® eggs, but later examination revealed that their purchases were not part of any Class I recalls. The court then granted the plaintiffs’ motion for leave to add two new class representatives who purchased recalled products from Vons, a Safeway subsidiary.