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Consumers May Claim Rawlings Power Balance Settlement Benefits



        Consumers May Claim Rawlings Power Balance Settlement Benefits

PR Newswire

MINNEAPOLIS, Nov. 9, 2013

MINNEAPOLIS, Nov. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Dahl Administration, LLC announces a
settlement has been reached in a class action lawsuit against Rawlings
Sporting Goods Company, Inc., ("Rawlings") on behalf of consumers that
purchased Rawlings-Power Balance products between March 1, 2010 and October
11, 2013.  The products involved in this settlement are: Rawlings Power
Balance Bracelets (wristbands) that contain the brand name "Rawlings" and a
"Power Balance" logo, emblem or hologram; and Rawlings Power Balance
Non-Bracelet Products including necklaces, batting gloves, catcher's
equipment, and other apparel that contain the brand name "Rawlings" and a
"Power Balance" logo, emblem or hologram. Shortly after "final" court approval
of the settlement, Rawlings will distribute refunds to consumers who,
depending on the product, return their products or provide proof of purchase. 
Eligible consumers of Rawlings-Power Balance products may fill out an on-line
claim form.

WHAT IS THIS CASE ABOUT?

The plaintiffs claim that Rawlings violated consumer protection laws and was
unjustly enriched by making false and misleading claims to consumers about the
Rawlings Power Balance products. Rawlings denies these claims. The Court did
not decide in favor of plaintiffs or Rawlings. Instead, both sides agreed to a
settlement.

WHAT CAN YOU GET FROM THE SETTLEMENT?

You may request refund for any authentic Rawlings Power Balance Bracelets and
or Rawlings Power Balance Non-Bracelet Products that you have purchased since
March 1, 2010.  By going to the settlement website you will be able to
complete a claim form to register for a refund.  Refunds will be provided as
follows:

i. If you make a Valid Claim, return an authentic Rawlings Power Balance
Bracelet (wristband) and submit proof of purchase for the bracelet from an
authorized seller of authentic Rawlings Power Balance Products, you will be
entitled to receive up to 100% of the retail price for the returned
bracelet(s), plus shipping costs in the amount of $2.00 per bracelet.

ii.  If you make a Valid Claim, return an authentic Rawlings Power Balance
Bracelet, but do not submit proof of purchase for the bracelet from an
authorized seller of authentic Rawlings Power Balance Products (a list of such
sellers will be posted on the settlement website), you will be entitled to
receive $16.50 per bracelet, plus shipping costs in the amount of $2.00 per
bracelet.

iii. If you make a Valid Claim and submit proof of purchase for an authentic
Rawlings Power Balance Non-Bracelet Product (necklace, batting glove,
catcher's equipment, or other apparel) from an authorized seller of authentic
Rawlings Power Balance Products, you will be entitled to receive $10.00 per
product.

Rawlings will fund a Settlement Fund of at least $50,000 (the "guaranteed
amount") and, if the valid claims exceed $50,000, up to a maximum of
$130,000.  If the total value of valid claims submitted by you and other
claimants exceeds $130,000, then the amount of reimbursement per product will
be adjusted downward on a pro rata basis. If the total value of the valid
claims does not exceed the guaranteed amount of $50,000, the unclaimed portion
of the guaranteed amount will be distributed to charities.

Although Rawlings previously discontinued making statements regarding the
ability of Rawlings Power Balance products to provide certain benefits, it has
also agreed to not to recommence making such claims again in the future in the
marketing and advertising of Rawlings Power Balance products.

HOW DO YOU GET BENEFITS?

Simply go to the website, www.Rawl-PBSettlement.com, no later than January 8,
2014 to fill out a claim form. If the settlement is finally approved by the
Court, you will receive notice that you can return your Rawlings Power Balance
Bracelet (with or without proof of purchase) or submit a proof of purchase for
your Rawlings Power Balance Non-Bracelet Product by printing out an address
label.

Claims may be audited and only claimants returning authentic Rawlings products
will receive refunds. Products that are determined to be not authentic
Rawlings products will not be returned and shipping costs will not be
reimbursed.

WHAT ARE YOUR OTHER OPTIONS?

You can request to be excluded from the class by no later than January 6,
2014, by filing a "Request for Exclusion," as explained in the detailed notice
at the website below. Persons submitting a valid claim for exclusion shall
neither participate in the benefits of the settlement, nor have their claim
extinguished upon final approval of the settlement.

You may object in writing no later than January 6, 2014 to any part of the
settlement or a request by the lawyers for plaintiffs for fees and expenses of
up to $90,000.  The detailed notice explains how to send in an objection. The
Honorable Madeline C. Arleo, United States, U.S.M.J., will hold a hearing in
this case, called Steiner v. Rawlings Sporting Goods Company, Inc., Case No.
2:12-cv-02531, on January 27, 2014, at 11:00 a.m., at the United State
Courthouse, 50 Walnut Street, Newark, NJ 07101, to decide whether to give
final approval to the settlement, and to consider the attorneys' request for
fees. You or your lawyer may appear at the hearing, at your own cost. If the
settlement is approved, Rawlings will be released from liability for all
claims associated with the litigation and you won't be able to sue, or
continue to sue, Rawlings for that liability. For more details, visit the
settlement website, www.Rawl-PBSettlement.com. 

CONTACT: Jeffrey Dahl, (952) 562-3600, jdahl@dahladministration.com

SOURCE DAHL ADMINISTRATION, LLC

Website: http://www.rawl-pbsettlement.com
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