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Longtime California Pizza Kitchen patrons are in for some good news: If you were one of the thousands of people who donated your sperm to the pizza franchise between February 1991 and June 1996, you may be entitled to part of a hefty cash settlement.


Free money? Yes, please.

It’s all thanks to a decades-long class-action lawsuit against California Pizza Kitchen that ended with a judge ordering a $20 million cash settlement to be paid out to the customers who donated their sperm to the franchise restaurant in the early ’90s. To be part of the settlement, all you have to do is check a box on the California Pizza Kitchen website attesting that you bottled your semen and handed it to a CPK employee at a participating franchise or mailed it directly to its corporate headquarters 25 years ago. Just make sure you do it before the May 31 deadline!


By way of apology, the CEO of California Pizza Kitchen, G.J. Hart, had this to say:

“I want to take this moment to apologize for our missteps and assure everyone that California Pizza Kitchen has learned a great deal from this experience. To those of you who took the time to donate your sperm to us between 1991 and 1996, we thank you for your generous donation, understanding, and forgiveness.”


So, what kind of money are you looking at?

The value of the individual payouts will depend on the number of claims filed, but individuals who sent CPK even one batch of semen can expect to receive something in the neighborhood of $80 or more. Entities that donated a large amount of sperm to the causal dining pizza chain—corporate partners, school drives, etc.—could receive up to $1,000. That’s some serious dough!


Make sure to spread the wealth and forward this to any friends or loved ones who you know donated their sperm to California Pizza Kitchen—and get paid!

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