Your wedding day. Without a doubt, it's one of the most significant events you will ever experience - when you and the love of your life officially seal the deal and get married. On this day, your friends and family will gather to celebrate the next step in your life. Photographers will be running around snapping photos, catering plates delicious food for guests to enjoy, and the DJ sets the mood for a night of fun and libation. You've worked extra hard to make everything look perfect and run smoothly. You have examined every moving part down to the tiniest detail. At the center of all your effort is your wedding venue in McCormick, SC.
Your event space can mean the difference between an unforgettable event and an average occasion. Capturing your uniqueness as a couple is paramount to a memorable wedding. But, without the right venue location and staff, your unforgettable event can turn into a painfully average occasion. Fortunately, at Abney Hall, you won't ever have to worry about dingy reception spaces and crummy chow halls.
Constructed in McCormick, SC, in 1962, Abney Hall is 15,000 square feet and sits on 500 acres of land, making it a large wedding venue unlike any other. Abney Hall was originally the home of Mrs. Josephine Abney, a McCormick native who was a lifelong philanthropist. Mrs. Abney devoted much of her time and effort towards supporting charities, educational institutions, hospitals, and other noble efforts. Today, Abney Hall stands tall as a symbol of love, both in our community and for the couples who choose to get married here.
Abney Hall is an exclusive event experience unlike any other, surrounded by verdant forests and sparkling ponds. Our venue is a natural fit for several occasions, including:
The beginning of your life starts at Abney Hall. With our team by your side, we can create the fairy tale wedding you have dreamed about since childhood. Whether you have 100 guests or 1,000, our waterfront ceremony locations and French-inspired courtyard are perfect for your big day. Celebrate in luxurious style surrounded by shady magnolia trees, a private forest, large ponds, and the beauty of Mother Nature. While our venue location and aesthetic have been praised far and wide, so too have the practical aspects of Abney Hall. Looking for a relaxing, comfortable spot for your bridal party to get ready in? We offer an entire floor in the Abney Hall residence to get the bridal party ready. Want to make your groomsman feel extra-special too? We've got a private, plush house just feet from a sparkling pond that is a proper hangout spot for the guys in your group.
To make life easier on you, we also offer Abney Hall as your go-to spot for rehearsal dinners. Why book an expensive restaurant or travel to another location when unmatched beauty and convenience are right at your fingertips? Abney Hall is just the place for that very important dinner the night before your big day. We are also happy to host your bridal shower at Abney Hall. Our venue makes for one of McCormick's most unique bridal shower settings, where your family and friends can gather to give gifts and be merry before you walk down the aisle.
With such a large, magnificent house and a vast property, Abney Hall also makes for an unforgettable location for your bridal portraits and other wedding-related photography needs. Don't take our word for it - book a tour and see for yourself why so many new brides and grooms choose Abney Hall as their wedding venue in McCormick.
You've already found the person you want to spend the rest of your life beside. The next step? Finding the perfect wedding venue for your ceremony, reception, and celebration of your lifelong commitment to one another. Remember, the backdrop for photos, dancing, eating, and all other activities will be at your wedding venue. That's why we work so hard to set Abney Hall apart from our competitors - so you and your guests can focus on love and living your new life while we work with your vendors and photographers to make your magic night a reality.
Here are just a few reasons why guests choose Abney Hall as their wedding venue in McCormick, SC, along with some helpful tips from our experienced wedding venue staff:
Choosing the appropriate-sied venue for your desired guest count is a critical decision. A venue's capacity affects the number of people you need to consider having at your ceremony and reception. As you're first starting out, we recommend having a guest count in mind as you're searching for the right venue. Try to stick with that number. You may fall in love with a particular venue, but if its max capacity can't accommodate your guest count, it may be time to cross them off your list.
Keep in mind that this is your big day. You shouldn't feel obligated to invite the college roommate you shared a dorm with for one semester. At the end of the day, your wedding venue should be one that can accommodate those closest to you. Abney Hall is equipped for both small and large weddings, consisting of 500 acres of forest, ponds, and lush natural beauty. Whether you want an intimate wedding with only your best friends or a grand ceremony with hundreds of people, we have the right amount of room to make you comfortable.
On your big day, you're likely to have friends and family traveling in from other parts of the state or country. These folks will need a place to stay during and even after your wedding. Accessibility and ease are important factors when it comes to choosing your wedding venue for both you and your guests.
Located in McCormick, SC, Abney Hall is situated in a memorable, natural setting, giving your wedding a private vibe in the midst of Mother Nature. While we pride ourselves on having a secluded wedding event space, our venue is within an easy driving distance of hotels and vacation rentals.
When you contact us for a tour, make sure to speak with our experienced venue manager about nearby hotels and shuttle service options. We understand that your guest's comfort and convenience are important, and we're happy to work with you to figure out the best way to get your guests to Abney Hall.
At Abney Hall, our staff has earned its reputation as one of the industry's most friendly, accessible teams. We will provide you with a purpose-minded point of contact that can help answer questions relating to timelines, preferred vendors, and every aspect of your wedding. When you tour our wedding venue in McCormick, SC, for the first time, we want you to feel like you have all the information you need to make an informed purchasing decision.
At Abney Hall, our goal is to be your first resource when it comes to setting up and coordinating the details of your wedding day.
When it comes to your wedding's decor, you probably already have a few ideas in mind. We love it when our brides and grooms have a vision in mind because one of our greatest joys is turning that vision into a reality. At Abney Hall, our team is available to help you and your decorator fit, accent, and accommodate your fairy-tale wedding - whatever that may be.
Are you looking to dress up your wedding with decorations galore? Just want to add a few accents that tie into your preferred color palette? Abney Hall is versatile and ready to help however we are able.
If you're thinking about bringing in your own greenery, lighting, floral pieces, and more, we recommend discussing your vision with us on your initial tour of our event space. That way, we can get a head start on making your big day exactly how you envision it.
10 years from now, when you and your spouse are celebrating your anniversary, you will pull out photographs from your wedding and will reminisce about the unforgettable time you spent at Abney Hall. Your wedding photos will be with you forever, and as such, we work closely with you and your photographer to suggest extra-special photo op spots that you can only find on Abney Hall grounds.
From the grand staircase and French-inspired courtyard to our manicured gardens and lovely pond, there is no shortage of photo-op locations for your photographer to choose from. As one of the most popular wedding venues in McCormick, SC, we have worked with dozens of photographers over the years.
Our experience has allowed us to cultivate a list of preferred photographers - all of whom have the talent to take your pictures to the next level in a setting they're familiar with. We encourage you to check out our gallery to get a sense of the scope of our wedding venue and gain inspiration from other happy couples.
The gallery on our website is extensive but be sure to check out our Facebook and Instagram pages as well. We keep our social pages updated with recent wedding photographs, giving you an incredible resource that you can use for your own photography purposes.
Abney Hall is known across the United States for our stunning weddings, but we also play host to some of the largest corporate events in South Carolina. Why choose a bland, lifeless meeting space when you can enjoy the beauty of Mother Nature coupled with a professional atmosphere? If you have an important team-building event or corporate conference that you have to coordinate, look no further than Abney Hall.
The epitome of class and style, our corporate event space is large, lavish, and chock-full of onsite amenities for you and your co-workers to enjoy. If your team needs a morale boost, don't bring them to the local Olive Garden for a cheap lunch. Treat them to a refreshing experience in our main dining room, where we can work with you to incorporate your catering options with the goals of your event.
When the hard work is done, and your team needs a breather, what better way to relax than with a quick dip in our pool? To burn off a little steam, head over to our brand-new tennis court - the perfect place to get some exercise in an ultra-private setting while you enjoy the sights and sounds of nature. Don't forget to bring your fishing poles for a couple of hours of fishing. There's even an opportunity to go hunting if you wish.
If you're ready to learn more about Abney Hall as your wedding venue, don't hesitate to reach out. We would love to hear more about your plans, your vision, and your needs. We know that planning a wedding isn't easy. It takes time, attention to detail, and a whole lot of patience. Our goal is to help provide you with all the info you need to learn more about our venue. Once you decide on a date, we'll work closely with you and your vendors to craft a wedding experience that you will treasure for the rest of your life.
Our available dates for your big day are going quick, especially during peak seasons like spring and fall. We look forward to hearing from you soon!Contact us today for a FREE initial consultation
The strongest earthquakes to hit central South Carolina in years rattled the area Wednesday, shaking some places for up to 10 seconds and raising more questions about what’s causing them.The short answer is that geologists aren’t sure why the quakes are happening, but they say the number of temblors since late December is unusual.The United States Geological Survey confirmed that a magnitude 3.5 earthquake shook parts of the Midlands just before 3 p...
The strongest earthquakes to hit central South Carolina in years rattled the area Wednesday, shaking some places for up to 10 seconds and raising more questions about what’s causing them.
The short answer is that geologists aren’t sure why the quakes are happening, but they say the number of temblors since late December is unusual.
Another quake — this one measuring 3.6 in magnitude — was recorded about 7 o’clock Wednesday night. That quake occurred just under four miles east of Elgin, a small community on the northeastern outskirts of Columbia.
The shaking was felt in downtown Columbia and as far west as Aiken County, according to initial reports. Several small aftershocks occurred after the 7 p.m. earthquake.
The quakes occurred about three days after an earthquake with a magnitude of 3.4 also was recorded in Elgin.
The afternoon quake Wednesday was initially recorded as a magnitude 3.33, but was subsequently revised up to 3.5, according to the S.C. Emergency Management Division.
About 14 minutes later, a second, smaller “after-shock” shook the Midlands as well, according to the S.C. Emergency Management Division. That 2.06 quake was centered in the same area and registered at 2:57 p.m. A second aftershock reaching nearly 1.9 magnitude happened at about 4 p.m.
Wednesday’s largest quakes were the most powerful to hit the Palmetto State since a 4.1 magnitude earthquake struck McCormick County in 2014.
Those were not the only record breaking seismic events in June. An earthquake in Georgia on June 18 was felt in South Carolina and reached 3.9 magnitude.
Most earthquakes don’t cause noticeable damage until they reach a magnitude of 5. Below that people may feel shaking or hear loud booms or other similar noises.
There have been no reports of damage of buildings from the quakes, authorities said.
“The shaking reported has not been at intensities that typically lead to damage,’’ the U.S. Geological Survey said.
But the quakes, beginning Wednesday afternoon, were clearly felt in the Midlands. Social media lit up with reports of the shaking.
State Geologist Scott Howard, who is with the S.C. Department of Natural Resources, said agency staff noticed the afternoon quake at the department’s office off Broad River Road in Columbia. An earthquake of Wednesday’s afternoon’s magnitude “can rumble for a good 10 to 15 seconds,’’ he said.
“We felt it out here. It went for at least 5 to 8 seconds, maybe 10 seconds,’’ Howard said.
Geologists remain unsure why so many earthquakes have been recorded in the past year in the Midlands, but they are studying the cause, Howard said. Some theories have centered on whether blasting from mines or seepage from lakes was triggering the quakes, but geologists have been skeptical of that.
Regardless, more small earthquakes would not be surprising, he said. But geologists don’t expect them to be of substantially larger intensity because of where they are occurring.
“This is a continuing story,’’ Howard said.
Geologists say it is not unusual for South Carolina to experience earthquakes of the size felt recently, but the number of quakes since late last year is unusual. The U.S. Geological Survey said a sequence of small quakes started Dec. 27, 2021, with a 3.3 magnitude quake near Lugoff and Elgin.
Since that time, there have been about 40 earthquakes, ranging in intensity from 1.3 to 3.6, the geological survey reports. Five of the earthquakes exceeded 3.0 and “were widely felt,’’ the survey said on its website. The earthquakes were at relatively shallow depths, the survey said.
Smaller earthquakes are sometimes more noticeable in the eastern United States. Shaking from eastern quakes “extends greater distances from the epicenter’’ than earthquakes of the same size in the western United States, the survey reports.
Reporters Holly Poag contributed. This story has been updated to include Wednesday night’s seismic activity.
This story was originally published June 29, 2022 3:06 PM.
MCCORMICK COUNTY, S.C. (WBTW) — About 2.7% teens in McCormick County had an abortion in 2020, according to data from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.That rate is far higher than other South Carolina counties. In Lee County, which has the second-highest teen abortion rate, reached 1.49%.Following is Hampton County, at 1.13%, and then Jasper County, at 1.08%.Teen pregnancy rates were also high in those counties. In McCormick County, 3.33% of teens gave birth in 2020. However, that&rs...
MCCORMICK COUNTY, S.C. (WBTW) — About 2.7% teens in McCormick County had an abortion in 2020, according to data from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.
That rate is far higher than other South Carolina counties. In Lee County, which has the second-highest teen abortion rate, reached 1.49%.
Following is Hampton County, at 1.13%, and then Jasper County, at 1.08%.
Teen pregnancy rates were also high in those counties. In McCormick County, 3.33% of teens gave birth in 2020. However, that’s not the highest teen birth rate in the state.
That list is topped by Hampton County, at 4.74% of teens giving birth in 2020, followed by Colleton County at 4.25% and then Jasper County at 4.19%.
Abbeville County had the lowest rate, at .89% of teens giving birth, and .89% of teens receiving an abortion.
Edgefield County had the lowest teen abortion rate, reporting that no teens underwent one in 2020. Oconee County’s rate was .09% of teens, followed by Pickens at .16% and then Dillon County at .2%.
Overall, there were 5,468 abortions in South Carolina in 2020, according to information from DHEC. The majority of those occur at between seven and 13 weeks gestation.
DHEC has not published information on overall abortion rates by county.
Teen pregnancy rates overall have dropped significantly within the last 10 years as education efforts have expanded across the state.
About one in 25 South Carolina females between the ages of 15 to 19 gave birth in 2010, according to data from DHEC. Now, it’s about one in 50.
Within the last 25 years, South Carolina’s teen pregnancy rate has declined by 70%.
2021’s data is expected to be released later this year.
According to the South Carolina 2019 Youth Risk Behavior Survey, about 37.4% of students ages 15 and older have had sexual intercourse, with about half of high school juniors reporting that they have.
The survey reveals that among the students who have had sex, condoms were the most frequently used contraceptive during teens’ last sexual encounter, followed by birth control pills. However, among those who had sex, “no method” was more commonly used than an IUD or implant, withdrawal or a path, shot or birth control ring.
Use the database below to search for teen birth and abortion rates for South Carolina counties in 2020.
JOHNSTON, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) - Twenty-nine years after dropping out of high school, a local man got his diploma in Edgefield County.It’s giving Clyde Welch a sense of accomplishment, even though he’s already owned a business for 20 years and has five children.He graduated Friday through the GED program at Edgefield-McCormick County Adult Education and Family Literacy.“When I was 15, things were difficult at home,” he said. “No one in my family had graduated from high school. My living conditio...
JOHNSTON, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) - Twenty-nine years after dropping out of high school, a local man got his diploma in Edgefield County.
It’s giving Clyde Welch a sense of accomplishment, even though he’s already owned a business for 20 years and has five children.
He graduated Friday through the GED program at Edgefield-McCormick County Adult Education and Family Literacy.
“When I was 15, things were difficult at home,” he said. “No one in my family had graduated from high school. My living conditions were bad, so I got a full-time job.”
On his second day of the 10th grade, he withdrew, eventually left the area and never returned to high school.
He got married, started a family, and launched Augusta Appliance Repairs and Service, which he has owned for almost 20 years.
“I have a good life but want to do more and continue my education,” the 43-year-old said. “I feel drawn to complete a certificate course in theology and eventually obtain an engineering degree.”
To make that happen, he knew he had to get his GED.
“Mr. Welch has shown that it is never too late to complete your educational goals,” said Vickie Butler, director of Edgefield-McCormick County Adult Education and Family Literacy. “Our staff is ready to help community members of any age, background and education level get started on accomplishing their dreams.”
He said his faith has played a vital role.
“God told me to get my GED,” he said. “Preparing for the tests was tough at times, but I knew it was important and that I would work hard until I could make it happen.”
Welch got support from everyone in the family, including his wife, two adult children, and three teens. His 16-year-old even tutored him in science.
“Our family is all the better for this experience, and we are so proud of him,” said his wife, Wendy. “It took courage and humility for Clyde to return to school, and I had no doubt he would succeed.”
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While the two strongest earthquakes happened near Elgin, they both were felt in downtown Columbia.“I can promise you this, it’s probably not going to be the last earthquake we have. We just ask people to take it seriously but don’t be scared. If you’re prepared, you’re less likely to be scared and you’re going to act appropriately when one does hit,” said Brandon LaVorgna, SCEMD public information coordinator.SCEMD told us this Monday after Sunday mornings 3.4 magnitude earthquake....
While the two strongest earthquakes happened near Elgin, they both were felt in downtown Columbia.
“I can promise you this, it’s probably not going to be the last earthquake we have. We just ask people to take it seriously but don’t be scared. If you’re prepared, you’re less likely to be scared and you’re going to act appropriately when one does hit,” said Brandon LaVorgna, SCEMD public information coordinator.
SCEMD told us this Monday after Sunday mornings 3.4 magnitude earthquake.
Earthquakes are not uncommon in South Carolina but this year there have been many more than normal.
“We have a lot of fault lines that go through South Carolina,” LaVorgna said. “We’re one of the most active states on the east coast when it comes to earthquakes. Not a lot of people know that.”
More than 40 earthquakes have occurred just this year. Wednesday’s 3.5 magnitude earthquake marks the strongest in the Palmetto State in 8 years. Despite occurring near Elgin, it was felt throughout the Midlands including downtown Columbia.
“I didn’t know. I thought somebody was working on the building. I went outside and nobody was out here,” Columbia resident Marquaveon Rambert recalls.
The US Geological Survey reports that around 4,000 people felt Tuesday afternoon’s earthquake, including those as far north as Charlotte and far south as Aiken.
For some in Columbia, it was the first this year that they have felt.
“It was crazy. It was mind-blowing. I thought I was tripping. I looked up and everything was shaking,” Rambert said. “My girl texted me ‘Did you feel that?’ I was like ‘Yeah, did you feel that too?’ That’s my first one and it was amazing.”
Others have felt ones this year but an earthquake still comes as a surprise.
“I was leaving the bank. I’ve felt some of the earthquakes before but this one felt a little stronger than the other ones,” said Columbia resident Eric Mathis. “It made me stumble because I was in the middle of a step. I was like ‘Oh wow, I’m feeling an earthquake.’”
While many in downtown Columbia did feel it, others were unaware.
“I told my co-worker and asked ‘Did you feel that?’ and she was like ‘No,’” Rambert said.
According to the intensity scale, an earthquake under a 5 magnitude is unlikely to do any severe damage.
“It’s exciting,” Mathis said. “This isn’t California. I don’t expect 8 pointers taking out the city or something.”
“I would like to feel it again though,” Rambert said with a laugh.
Around 7 o’clock Wednesday evening, Rambert got his wish. A 3.6 earthquake shook the area and was followed by two aftershocks. It was even stronger than the earlier quake and is the strongest since 2014’s 4.1 magnitude quake in McCormick County.
Top Class Actions viewers received checks for hundreds of dollars from class action settlements paying out.LG refrigerator settlement paymentsOur readers report payments from a $1.5 million class action settlement with LG. Multiple viewers received payments of hundreds of dollars, with one reader receiving a payment of $1,150.The settlement benef...
Top Class Actions viewers received checks for hundreds of dollars from class action settlements paying out.
Our readers report payments from a $1.5 million class action settlement with LG. Multiple viewers received payments of hundreds of dollars, with one reader receiving a payment of $1,150.
The settlement benefited consumers who purchased various LG refrigerators between Jan. 1, 2014, and Dec. 31, 2017.
According to plaintiffs in the cases, the refrigerators covered in the settlements are equipped with faulty compressors. This allegedly resulted in unstable temperatures that couldn’t properly preserve food and other perishables. Consumers say that they suffered from financial injury as a result of the defective appliances.
Under the terms of the settlement, class members could receive up to $450 without proof of purchase and up to $6,000 with proof of purchase. Payments varied depending on factors such as the number of repairs attempted, out of pocket costs, delayed repairs, property loss, parts and more.
The deadline to file a claim with the settlement was Feb. 5, 2021.
The LG Refrigerator Class Action Lawsuits are Michael Bentley, et al. v. LG Electronics U.S.A. Inc., Case No. 2:19-cv-13554-MCA-MAH, in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey and Sosenko, et al. v. LG Electronics U.S.A. Inc., Case No. 19-cv-00610, in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.
Payments are in the mail from a settlement surrounding drill bits and saw blades from various brands. Our readers received the maximum projected payments of $8!
The settlement benefitted class members who purchased titanium and cobalt drill bits from DEWALT, Craftsman, Irwin, MAC Tools, Bostich or Matco brands and/or titanium saw blades from DEWALT or Lenox brands between April 13, 2015, and Oct. 13, 2021.
Plaintiffs in the class action lawsuit against Stanley Black & Decker claimed the company deceptively marketed its drill bits and saw blades from numerous brands. According to the false advertising class action lawsuit, consumers were duped into overpaying for these products based on false promises.
Stanley Black & Decker agreed to resolve these allegations with a class action settlement.
The deal provided a 40% refund for covered purchases and allowed for total payments of up to $8 per household.
The deadline to file a claim with the settlement was Jan. 11, 2022.
The Black & Decker False Advertising Class Action Lawsuit is Michael Starke v. Stanley Black & Decker Inc., Case No. C-03-cv-21-001091 in the Circuit Court Of Baltimore County, Maryland.
Our readers report checks from a $1.3 million Windex settlement over toxic ingredients. All of our viewers who received a payment from this settlement reported payments of $5.80.
The settlement benefits consumers who purchased various Windex products labeled as “non-toxic” between Jan. 1 and July 9, 2019. This includes original Windex and other variations sold at stores such as Walmart and Target.
According to plaintiffs in the case, Windex was incorrectly labeled as “non-toxic.” Despite these marketing promises, the products allegedly contained toxic chemicals that could cause health problems. Consumers claim they wouldn’t have purchased Windex products or would have paid less for the products if they had known they contained toxic ingredients.
S.C. Johnson & Son Inc. agreed to pay $1.3 million to resolve these allegations.
Under the terms of the settlement, class members could recover up to $1 for each product purchased. Claimants were only allowed to seek payment for 10 items without proof of purchase.
The deadline to file a settlement claim was Oct. 29, 2021.
The Windex Toxic Ingredients Class Action Lawsuit is Clark v. S.C. Johnson & Son Inc., Case No. RG 20067897 in the Superior Court of California of Alameda County.
Another S.C. Johnson & Son settlement of $2.25 million resulted in further payments for consumers. Our readers report receiving payments of $9.90 per household.
The settlement benefits consumers who purchased Method cleaning products labeled as “non-toxic” between May 14, 2016, and May 13, 2021.
Like in the Windex settlement mentioned above, plaintiffs in this class action lawsuit claim Method cleaners are falsely advertised as “non-toxic” despite containing harmful ingredients. All-purpose cleaners, bathroom cleaner, wood cleaner, dish soap and other products were allegedly promised to be non-toxic, deceiving customers into paying a premium price.
S.C. Johnson & Son agreed to resolve these claims with a $2.25 million class action settlement.
Under the terms of the deal, class members could collect $1 for each product purchased. Without proof of purchase, consumers could only claim 10 products for a maximum payment of $10.
The deadline to file a claim for these payments was Nov. 1, 2021.
The Method Cleaner Class Action Lawsuit is Donna Connary, et al. v. S.C. Johnson & Son Inc., Case No. RG20061675 in the Superior Court of California, Alameda County.
In a quick turn around following the claim deadline, consumers are receiving payments from a $3 million settlement with McCormick. Our readers report payments of between $5 and $15 in the mail.
The settlement benefits consumers who purchased McCormick spices labeled as “natural” or “all natural” between Jan. 1, 2013, and Sept. 23, 2021. Seasoning mixes and the brand’s “Perfect Pinch” seasonings are included in the settlement.
According to the McCormick false advertising class action lawsuit, the brand’s spices are not “natural” as advertised. Instead, the spices and spice mixes allegedly contain artificial ingredients that would not be considered “natural” by most consumers. Plaintiffs contend they wouldn’t have purchased the products or paid as much as they did if they knew the truth.
McCormick agreed to settle these claims with a $3 million settlement deal. Under the terms of the deal, class members could receive $1 for each product they purchased. Without proof of purchase, class members were limited to maximum payments of $15.
The deadline to file a claim with the settlement was April 11, 2022.
The McCormick Natural Class Action Lawsuit is Holve, et al. v. McCormick & Co. Inc., Case No. 6:16-cv-06702 in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York.
Payments are in the mail from an $8 million class action settlement with Diamond Pet Foods over Taste of the Wild and Kirkland brand dog food products. Our readers have received payments of $5 — the maximum amount allowed without proof of purchase.
The settlement benefits consumers who purchased various Taste of the Wild and Kirkland wet and dry dog food between March 12 and May 3, 2017. Products may have been purchased online or in store from PetCo, Tractor Supply Co., Chewy, Amazon or other retailers.
Dog owners say that Diamond Pet Foods wrongfully marketed its dog food as “grain free” when lab testing showed the presence of grain in numerous Taste of the Wild and Kirkland food products. According to plaintiffs in the dog food class action lawsuit, consumers pay a premium price for grain free dog food and expect the food to actually be free of grains.
Diamond Pet Foods agreed to resolve these allegations with an $8 million settlement. class members could receive payments of up to $100 with proof of purchase or up to $5 without proof of purchase.
The deadline to file a claim with the settlement was Oct. 4, 2021.
The Diamond Pet Foods Grain Free Class Action Lawsuit is Shaw, et al. v. Schell & Kampeter Inc. d/b/a Diamond Pet Foods, Case No. 2:20-cv-01620-RAJ in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington.
Readers are receiving payments from a $650 million biometric privacy settlement with Facebook. Viewers report large payments of $397 from the settlement.
The settlement benefits Illinois Facebook users who stored a “face template” with the social media site since June 7, 2011. To be considered an Illinois user, class members must have lived in the state for at least six months.
According to plaintiffs in the Facebook class action lawsuit, the social media giant violated Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA) by storing face templates for users. The company allegedly failed to comply with BIPA regulations that require specific disclosures, consent from users and a public retention schedule.
Facebook agreed to pay $650 million to resolve these claims. Under the terms of the settlement, class members could receive a cash payment estimated to be between $200 and $400. Exact payments have been distributed based on the number of claims filed.
In order to benefit from the settlement, Facebook users had to file a claim form by Nov. 23, 2020.
The Facebook BIPA Class Action Lawsuit is In re: Facebook Biometric Information Privacy Litigation, Case No. 3:15-cv-03747-JD in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.
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