Charleston Flushable Wipes Class Action Settlement Website
Charleston Water System v. Costco Wholesale Corporation, et al.
US District Court for the District of South Carolina
Case No. 2:21-CV-00042
You are a Settlement Class Member if you own[ed] and/or operate[d] sewage or wastewater conveyance and treatment systems between January 6, 2018 and November 21, 2023.
On November 21, 2023, the federal district court in Charleston, South Carolina, issued an Order granting preliminary approval to proposed Class Action Settlements between Plaintiff Charleston Water System (“Plaintiff”) and Defendants, Costco Wholesale Corporation, CVS Health Corporation, The Procter & Gamble Company, Target Corporation, Walgreen Co. and Walmart Inc. (“the Wipes Defendants”) addressing flushable and non-flushable wipe products sold and/or manufactured by the Wipes Defendants. The action challenges the manufacturing, design, marketing and/or sale of the Wipes Defendants’ flushable wipes. The Wipes Defendants deny the allegations and maintain that their products perform as advertised. There has been no finding of liability against any of the Wipes Defendants. The Wipes Defendants are settling to avoid the uncertainties and cost of on-going litigation.
The proposed settlements do not affect Class Members’ individual claims against wipe sellers and manufacturers – including the Wipes Defendants – for damages or other monetary relief due to wipes-related blockages. However, if approved, the Wipes Defendants will implement certain modifications to their business practices with respect to flushable wipes, as well as labeling requirements for non-flushable wipes, and Class Members will release any and all claims for injunctive relief they may have against the Wipes Defendants arising from or relating to Plaintiff’s allegations. Class Members who own or operate wastewater treatment plants/systems should review the settlements in case they wish to submit comments about the settlements.
Who is a Class Member?
If you own[ed] or operate[d] a sewage or wastewater conveyance and treatment system, such as a municipality, authority or wastewater district in the United States whose system was in operation between January 6, 2018, and November 21, 2023, you are part of the Settlement Class.
If you do nothing, then you will automatically receive benefits under this Settlement in the form of the Wipes Defendents' business modifications that are further described in the FAQs on this website.
Write to the Court about why you do not like something about the Settlements or Class Counsel’s requested attorneys’ fees and expenses such that it is received no later than February 14, 2024.
Participate in a hearing on March 8, 2024.
Ask to speak in Court about your opinion of the Settlements and/or the requests for attorneys’ fees and expenses. Requests to speak must be received by the Court no later than February 14, 2024.