Long, et al. v. Safeway, Inc.

The settlement received final approval on July 19, 2023.
Disbursement was completed on October 31, 2023.


Frequently Asked Questions

You received the Notice because your rights may be affected by the settlement of a class action lawsuit.

A Court authorized the notice because you have a right to know about a proposed settlement of this class action lawsuit and about all of your options, before the Court decides to give final approval to the Settlement.

Plaintiffs Pauline Long and Marsha Hayes (collectively, the “Class Representatives”) allege that Safeway, Inc. improperly charged customers a surcharge on certain non-grocery items at the Safeway stores located within the City of Portland between September 9, 2019 and July 22, 2020, relating to the 1% Clean Energy Surcharge that the City of Portland enacted in 2019. Safeway denies all allegations of wrongdoing, and the Court has not determined who is right. Rather, the Parties have agreed to settle the Lawsuit to avoid the uncertainties and expenses associated with ongoing litigation.

In a class action lawsuit, one or more people, called “Class Representatives” (in this case, Plaintiffs Pauline Long and Marsha Hayes), sue on behalf of people who have similar claims. All these people together are a “Class” or “Class Members.” In a settlement of a class action, one court resolves the issues for all Class Members, except for those who choose to exclude themselves from the Class.

The Court has not determined who is right. Rather, both sides have agreed to settle the Lawsuit to avoid the uncertainties and expenses of continuing the Lawsuit. By agreeing to settle, both sides avoid the cost and risk of a trial, and Settlement Class Members will get a chance to receive benefits sooner rather than, if at all, after the completion of a trial. The Class Representatives and their attorneys think this Settlement is best for all Settlement Class Members. This Settlement does not mean that Safeway did anything wrong.


If you purchased certain non-grocery items at a Safeway store located within the City of Portland and were charged a surcharge on non-grocery items, then you may be member of the Settlement Class.

Generally, items that are not edible or consumable are non-grocery items. However, alcoholic beverages like wine and beer are considered non-grocery items.


If approved, a Settlement Fund will be created totaling up to $8,750,000.00. Settlement Class Member cash payments will come out of this Settlement Fund. The Defendant will also pay up to $200,000.00 for the costs to administer the Settlement and to inform people about the Settlement. Any additional costs to administer the Settlement and to inform people about the Settlement will be paid from the Settlement Fund. The Defendant will also pay up to $6,000.00 as service awards to the Class Representatives. Class Counsel’s attorney’s fees and costs, up to $2,187,500.00 (25% of the Settlement Fund), will be paid from the Settlement Fund, as approved be the Court.

A detailed description of the settlement benefits can be found in the Settlement Agreement available here.

In exchange for these benefits, Settlement Class Members will release (i.e., discharge) Safeway from all claims of liability relating to the surcharge that were made or could have been made in the Lawsuit or in other legal proceedings or forums. These releases are set forth in specific detail in the Settlement Agreement.

You must submit a Claim Form to receive a share of the Settlement Fund. You may be entitled to receive a cash payment up to $200.00, if you paid a surcharge at least once on certain non-grocery items at a Safeway store located within the City of Portland between September 9, 2019 and July 22, 2020. This cash payment may be subject to a pro rata adjustment depending on the number of valid claims that are filed.

If the Settlement is approved by the Court, then, in accordance with the settlement terms set forth in the Settlement Agreement and summarized above, each Settlement Class Member who makes a timely and valid claim is entitled to a cash payment.

The exact amount of cash payments cannot be calculated until: (a) the Court approves the Settlement; (b) the number of valid Claims are determined; and (c) amounts are deducted from the Settlement Fund for attorney’s fees and costs and any additional notice and administration costs.


You must submit a Claim Form to receive a payment from the Settlement Fund. You may submit a Claim Form either online, or by printing and mailing in a paper Claim Form, a copy of which is available for download on the “Court Documents” page of this website. Claim Forms must be submitted online by 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time on July 1, 2023 or postmarked and mailed by July 1, 2023.

The hearing to consider the fairness of the Settlement is scheduled for July 14, 2023 at 9:00 a.m. If the Court approves the Settlement, Settlement Class Members who have submitted timely and valid Claims, will receive their payment after the Settlement has been finally approved and/or any appeals process is complete. The payment will be made in the form selected when submitting a Claim (e.g., paper check, Paypal/Venmo, ACH/Direct Deposit, etc.), and all forms of payment will expire and become void 180 days after they are issued.

If this Settlement receives final approval from the Court, this Settlement will be legally binding on all Settlement Class Members, including Settlement Class Members who object, unless you exclude yourself from the Settlement. This means you will not be able to sue Safeway for the claims being released in this Settlement. The specific claims that you are giving up against Safeway are described in detail in the Settlement Agreement. You will be “releasing” Safeway and all related entities (the “Released Parties”) as described in the Settlement Agreement, regardless of whether you submit a claim or not. Again, the Settlement Agreement is available here.

The Settlement Agreement describes the released claims with specific descriptions, so read it carefully. If you have any questions, you can talk to Class Counsel listed in FAQ 15 or you can, of course, talk to your own lawyer if you have questions about what this means.

To exclude yourself from the Settlement, you must mail a letter by July 1, 2023. Your letter must state that you want to be excluded from the Long, et al. v. Safeway, Case No. 19CV45421 Settlement. Your letter must also include your name, mailing address, and email or telephone number, must be personally signed by you and must be mailed and postmarked by July 1, 2023, to:

Safeway Surcharge Settlement

Attention: Exclusion Requests

c/o CPT Group, Inc.

50 Corporate Park

Irvine, CA 92606

No. Unless you exclude yourself from the Settlement, you give up any right to sue the Defendant for the claims that are resolved by the Settlement.

No. If you exclude yourself from the Settlement, you will not be able to get any payments from the Settlement and you cannot object to the Settlement. You will not be legally bound by anything that happens in the Settlement.


Class Counsel

The Court has appointed the law firms listed below to represent you and other Settlement Class Members in the Settlement. These lawyers are called Class Counsel. If you want to be represented by your own lawyer, you may hire one at your own expense.

If you want to contact Class Counsel about this Settlement, they can be reached as set out below, or through the Settlement Administrator by calling 1-888-440-1319 or sending an email to SafewaySurcharge@cptgroup.com.

Please be advised, if you decide to object, which is your right and is explained in more detail in FAQ’s 17 and 18, Class Counsel cannot assist you with your decision to object, and if that is what you choose to do, you should obtain your own lawyer.

Michael Fuller


111 SW 5th Avenue

Suite 3150

Portland, OR 97204


Kelly Jones

Law Office of Kelly D. Jones

819 SE Morrison Street

Suite 255

Portland, OR 97214


Daniel J. Nichols

JurisLaw LLP

Three Centerpointe Drive

Suite 160

Lake Oswego, OR 97035


Class Counsel will ask the Court for an award of attorney’s fees and costs up to a maximum of $2,187,500.00 (25% of the Settlement Fund) to be paid from the Settlement Fund, but the Court may award less than this amount. Subject to approval by the Court, Defendant has also agreed to pay the Class Representatives service awards totally $6,000.00 for their services in helping to bring and resolve this case.

The Court will determine the appropriate amounts to award. The Settlement is not conditioned upon Court approval of any of the attorneys’ fees and costs or Class Representative service award amounts.


If you are a Settlement Class Member and you do not exclude yourself, you may object to the Settlement. To object, you must file your objection with the Court on or before July 1, 2023. The Court’s address is

Multnomah County Circuit Court
Clerk of the Court- Civil Division
1200 SW First Avenue
Portland, OR 97204

You must also mail a copy of your objection to the Settlement Administrator at the following address:

Safeway Surcharge Settlement
Attention: Objection
c/o CPT Group, Inc.
50 Corporate Park
Irvine, CA 92606

You must include the following information:

• Your full name, address, and telephone number;

• The word “Objection”;

• To show you are a Settlement Class Member and have standing to object:

• A statement attesting that you purchased at least one of a certain non-grocery items from a Safeway store located within the City of Portland, Oregon between September 9, 2019 and July 22, 2020, and paid a surcharge at least once on a certain non-grocery item; and

• A statement identifying (1) the Safeway store address at which you claim you purchased certain non-grocery items and paid a surcharge at least once on non-grocery items; (2) the approximate date(s) you claim you purchased non-grocery items and paid a surcharge; (3) your Safeway Club Card account number, if any; and (4) a description of the non-grocery item(s) you purchased on the date provided above and were charged a surcharge;

• A description, in clear and concise terms, of the grounds for objection (what you think is wrong with the proposed settlement, etc.);

• A statement as to whether the Settlement Class Member is represented by counsel, and, if so, that counsel’s full name, address and bar number;

• A statement of all other objections to class settlements submitted by the Settlement Class Member or the Settlement Class Member’s counsel to any Court within the United States within the last 5 years, if any, including the total number of such objections and the case and court information in which each such objection was asserted;

• A statement indicating whether the Settlement Class Member would like to appear at the Final Approval Hearing;

• A statement identifying the name of the case and the case number (Long, et al. v. Safeway, Inc., Case No. 19CV45421); and

• Your personal signature.

Objecting is telling the Court that you do not like something about the Settlement. You can object to a settlement only if you stay in that settlement. Excluding yourself is telling the Court that you do not want to be part of the Settlement. If you exclude yourself, you have no right to object, because the case no longer affects you. If you object, and the Court approves the Settlement anyway, you will still be legally bound by the result.


The Court will hold a Final Approval Hearing to decide whether to finally approve the proposed Settlement. The Final Approval Hearing will be held on July 14, 2023, at 9:00 a.m. before Judge Henry Kantor at the Multnomah County Circuit Courthouse.

If you want to attend the Final Approval Hearing, keep in mind that the date and/or time may be changed after this Notice is sent and attendance may require compliance with certain measures to maintain social distancing, so you should check the Settlement Website before making travel plans.

At the Final Approval Hearing, the Court will consider whether the proposed Settlement and all of its terms are adequate, fair, and reasonable. If there are objections, the Court will consider them. The Court may listen to people who have asked for permission to speak at the Final Approval Hearing. The Court may also decide how much to award Class Counsel for fees and costs, and whether and how much to award the Class Representatives for representing the Settlement Class (the Service Award).

There is no set timeline for either the Court’s final approval decision, or for any appeals that may be brought from that decision, so it is impossible to know exactly when the Settlement will become final.

The Court may change deadlines listed in this Notice without further notice to the Settlement Class. To keep up on any changes in the deadlines, please contact the Settlement Administrator or review the Settlement Website.

No. Class Counsel will answer any questions asked by the Court.

If you filed an objection with the Court, you do not have to come to Court to talk about it. So long as you filed your written objection with the Court on time and complied with the other requirements for a proper objection, the Court will consider it. You may also pay another lawyer to attend, but it’s not required.

Yes. You or your lawyer may, at your own expense, come to the Final Approval Hearing and ask the Court for permission to speak. You must also file with the Court a Notice of Intention to Appear, which must also be mailed to the Settlement Administrator so that it is postmarked no later than July 1, 2023, and it must be filed with the Clerk of the Court by that same date at the address indicated above. If you intend to have a lawyer appear on your behalf, your lawyer must enter a written notice of appearance of counsel with the Clerk of the Court no later than July 1, 2023. See FAQ 17 for the addresses of the Court and the Settlement Administrator. You cannot speak at the Final Approval Hearing if you excluded yourself.


More details are in the Settlement Agreement which, along with other documents, can be obtained on the Court Documents page of this website. You can also contact the attorneys whose information is included in FAQ 15 or use the resources listed below.

Calling: Call the Settlement Administrator toll-free at 1-888-440-1319 to ask questions and receive copies of documents.

Emailing: Email the Settlement Administrator at SafewaySurcharge@cptgroup.com

Writing: Send your questions by mail to: Safeway Surcharge Settlement, c/o CPT Group, Inc., 50 Corporate Park, Irvine, CA 92606

Visiting the Settlement Website: Visit www.OregonClassAction.com, where you will find answers to common questions about the Settlement plus other information to help you.

Reviewing Legal Documents: You may also review the Court’s file during regular court hours at:

Multnomah County Circuit Courthouse
1200 SW First Ave
Portland, Oregon 97204