Martin Schneider et al. v. Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc.

Case No. 4:16-cv-02200

United States District Court for the Northern District of California

UPDATE: The Court granted Final Approval to the Settlement on November 4, 2020. Pursuant to the terms of the Settlement Agreement and Release, payments will be issued in mid-June to Settlement Class Members who have filed a valid claim.

If you bought beverages or food products containing meat and/or dairy ingredients in a Chipotle restaurant between April 27, 2015 and June 30, 2016, you may be entitled to payment from a class action settlement.

Important Dates

May 30, 2020 — Exclusion Deadline.

May 30, 2020 — Objection Deadline.

May 30, 2020 — Claim Filing Deadline. Online claims must be submitted by this date. Mailed claims must be postmarked by this date.

July 30, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. — Final Approval Hearing.

Chipotle has agreed to pay $6,500,000 into a fund (the “Fund”) to fully settle and release claims of all persons in the United States who purchased (1) beverages, and/or (2) food products containing meat and/or dairy ingredients, in a Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. (“Chipotle”) restaurant during the time period set forth above, as described in the settlement agreement (“Settlement”).

The Fund shall include all settlement awards (“Settlement Awards”) to claiming Settlement Class Members, an attorneys’ fee award to be determined by the Court, any incentive award to the Class Representatives to be determined by the Court, and settlement costs. If there are any uncashed checks or amounts remaining in the Fund after payment of Settlement Awards, that money will be distributed cy pres to charity.

Only 5 valid Claims will be honored per Settlement Class Member without proof of purchase, and 10 valid Claims will be honored per Settlement Class Member with proof of purchase. Only 15 valid Claims will be honored per Settlement Class Household. The Settlement Awards are capped at $2.00 each and subject to pro rata decrease, depending on the number of all approved Claims submitted.

The Settlement resolves a lawsuit alleging that Chipotle’s “non-GMO” advertising located in its restaurants was misleading in that Chipotle served meat and dairy products (such as chicken, steak, barbacoa, carnitas, cheese, and sour cream) derived from poultry and livestock that may have consumed GMO feed, and beverages (such as soft drinks) containing GMOs.

The two sides disagree on whether Plaintiffs and the Settlement Class could have prevailed at trial. By entering into the Settlement, Chipotle has not conceded the truth or validity of any of the claims against it.

Your legal rights are affected whether you act, or don’t act. Read the Notice carefully.



If you submit a valid Claim Form by May 30, 2020, you will receive a cash refund in the form of electronic payment or a check, and will give up certain rights to sue Chipotle.

May 30, 2020


This is the only option that allows you to sue Chipotle on your own regarding the legal claims in this case, but you will not receive compensation under the Settlement. The deadline for excluding yourself is May 30, 2020.

May 30, 2020


Write to the Court about why you do not like the Settlement. The deadline for objecting is May 30, 2020.

May 30, 2020


If you do nothing, you will receive no money from the Settlement, but you will still give up certain rights to sue Chipotle.

These rights and options—and the deadlines to exercise them—are explained in the Notice.

The Court in charge of this case still has to decide whether to approve the Settlement. Compensation will be issued if the Court approves the Settlement and after appeals are resolved, if any. Please be patient.

Please do not telephone the Court or the Court Clerk’s Office to inquire about this Settlement or the Claims Process.