Case Information
  • Michael Starke v. Stanley Black & Decker, Inc.
  • THE CIRCUIT COURT OF BALTIMORE COUNTY, MARYLAND
  • Case No. C-03-CV-21-001091
  • (866) 612-2787
About This Case

IF YOU PURCHASED CERTAIN BRANDED TITANIUM AND COBALT DRILL BITS AND SAW BLADES BETWEEN APRIL 13, 2015, AND OCTOBER 13, 2021. A CLASS ACTION SETTLEMENT MAY AFFECT YOUR RIGHTS.

Covered Products:
  • Titanium and Cobalt drill bits sold under the DEWALT, Craftsman, Irwin, MAC Tools, Bostich (Titanium only), and Matco (Cobalt only) brands (“Covered Drill Bits”); and
  • Certain Titanium saw blades sold under the DEWALT and Lenox brands (“Covered Saw Blades”).
What is this about?

The lawsuit claims that Defendant Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. (“Defendant”) deceptively marketed the composition of the Covered Drill Bits and Covered Saw Blades. As part of the Settlement, Defendant has agreed to modify the packaging for these products and provide payments to customers. Defendant denies any wrongdoing.

Who is included in the Settlement?

You may be included in the Settlement if you purchased Covered Drill Bits and/or Covered Saw Blades for personal use between April 13, 2015 and October 13, 2021.

What does the Settlement provide?

The Settlement will provide up to a maximum of $1,627,500 to pay Valid Claims, as well as other fees and expenses. Settlement Class Members can receive up to $8.00, depending on their total purchases and the number of claims that are submitted. The final amounts paid for valid claims may be reduced based on total number of claims received.

What are my rights?
  • Submit a Claim: – You must submit a claim to get a monetary Benefit from this Settlement. Claim Forms must be submitted online or postmarked by January 11, 2022.
  • Do Nothing If you do nothing, you remain in the Settlement, you give up your rights to sue, and you will not get any money.
  • Exclude Yourself This is the only option that allows you to keep your right to sue about the claims in this lawsuit. You will not get any money from the Settlement. Your request for exclusion must be postmarked by December 27, 2021.
  • File an Objection Stay in the Settlement but tell the Court why you think the Settlement should not be approved. Objections must be submitted by December 27, 2021.

The Court will hold a Final Approval Hearing [in person/by video] in the Circuit Court of Baltimore County, Maryland, located at 401 Bosley Ave, Towson, MD 21204, in the courtroom of the Honorable Judge Judith C. Ensor, on March 18, 2022 at 1:30 p.m., to decide whether to approve the Settlement and to award Attorneys’ Fees of up to $360,000 and Expenses of up to $15,000, and up to $2,500 to compensate the Class Representative. All briefs and materials filed in support of the Settlement and the Application for Attorneys’ Fees and Expenses will be made available on the Settlement Website at www.titaniumcobaltsettlement.com. You may hire an attorney, at your own expense, to appear at the hearing, but you do not have to.

Claims will be paid only if the Court approves the Settlement and all appeals are resolved. Please be patient. If the Settlement does not become effective, the litigation will continue.

This is only a summary. For more information, please contact the Settlement Administrator at (866) 612-2787 or by writing to Starke v. Black & Decker, P.O. Box 26170, Santa Ana, CA 92799

Case Forms

Claim Form
Important Dates

Claims Deadline1/11/2022
Opt Out Deadline12/27/2021
Objection Deadline12/27/2021
Final Approval Hearing3/18/2022 at 1:30 p.m.