On April 15, 2015, the Superior Court of New Jersey granted preliminary approval of a proposed class action settlement in the lawsuit encaptioned Harriet K. Gordon and Neil Raynor v. Briad Restaurant Group Inc. et al, Docket No. MID-L-5882-13 . The suit was filed in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Middlesex County on behalf of all persons who purchased beverages containing hard alcohol at one of the eight TGI Friday’s restaurants listed above between January 1, 2013 and December 31, 2013. The complaint alleges that the owner of the eight TGI Friday’s restaurants listed above had a policy of replacing the hard alcohol that was supposed to be in the individual’s drink order with liquid(s) which were not what had been ordered, including, but not limited to, a less-expensive brand of liquor in place of the higher-priced (“top shelf”) brand of liquor, without knowledge and/or agreement of customers. The defendant denies any wrongdoing and denies the claims and allegations asserted in the lawsuit. The court has not ruled on the merits of the plaintiffs’ claims and has made no determination of violations or liability against the defendant. The parties nevertheless have agreed to settle the lawsuit.
WHAT ARE THE TERMS OF THE SETTLEMENT? The parties have agreed that each of the eight TGI Friday’s restaurants listed above shall offer a $2 discount off the regular menu price of all alcoholic beverages (excluding beer and wine) for a five day period. Specifically, the TGI Friday’s restaurants at West Orange, Piscataway, Linden, and Hazlet shall offer this $2 discount from September 20, 2015 to September 24, 2015 and the East Windsor, Freehold, Old Bridge, and Marlboro TGI Friday’s restaurants shall offer this $2 discount from September 27, 2015 to October 1, 2015. The defendant has also agreed to pay an incentive award to each of the two named plaintiffs of up to $2000 and attorney’s fees and litigation expenses of up to $300,000, subject to court approval.
The attached Final Class Notice and Settlement Agreement set forth the proposed terms of the full proposed settlement. These forms can be downloaded and/or printed out for your review.