Settlement OKd in pet food case

From Times Wire Services

PetSmart Inc., Petco Animal Supplies Inc. and five other companies won preliminary court approval of a $24-million settlement of consumer lawsuits for selling melamine-tainted pet food.

The ruling by U.S. District Judge Noel Hillman in Camden, N.J., tentatively settles about 100 suits in the U.S. and Canada. A final approval hearing is set for Oct. 14.

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