March 10th, 2020
In March 2020, a class-action lawsuit was filed against McDonald’s for allegedly misleadingly marketing that vanilla is the characterizing flavoring ingredient in vanilla soft serve ice creams when, according to plaintiffs, the ingredients list for the ice cream reveals that it is flavored with unspecified “Natural Flavor” instead of vanilla. (Webber et al v. McDonald’s
September 30th, 2019
In September 2019, a class-action lawsuit was filed against McDonald’s for allegedly falsely advertising the price of its Sausage McMuffin on the “value menu” as $1 when, according to plaintiffs, McDonald’s actually charges $1.89 for the sandwich. (Dabir et al v. McDonald’s Corp., Case No. 19-cv-8006, C. D. CA.) For more of TINA.org’s coverage of
November 20th, 2018
November 2018: This case was transferred to federal court. (Case No. 18-cv-9354, C. D. CA.) September 2018: A false advertising class-action lawsuit was filed against McDonald’s for allegedly failing to disclose that advertised prices for its combo meals do not include fees for beverages. (Bledsoe et al v. McDonald’s USA LLC, Case No. BC720960, California
April 24th, 2018
April 2018: A federal judge dismissed the Killeen complaint concluding that consumers had enough information to compare prices because the prices are listed on the menus. December 2016: Two class-action lawsuits were filed against McDonald’s for allegedly deceptively advertising Extra Value Meals using the phrase “Extra Value” when the meals actually cost more than the
November 13th, 2017
In November 2017, a class-action lawsuit was filed against McDonald’s for allegedly deceptively advertising that the chicken in various sandwiches, salads, and wraps is “100% Chicken Breast” when, according to plaintiffs, the chicken includes rib meat. (Yip et al v. McDonald’s Corp. d/b/a McDonald’s and McDonald’s USA., LLC d/b/a McDonald’s, Case No. 17-cv-6464, E. D.
February 3rd, 2016
In January 2016, a class-action lawsuit was filed against McDonald’s for allegedly falsely marketing its Mozzarella Cheese Sticks as being made with “pure mozzarella,” “real mozzarella,” and “100% real cheese” when they actually contain various filler substances, including starch. (Howe et al v. McDonald’s Corporation and Does 1-100, Case No. 16-cv-176, C. D. CA.) For
October 9th, 2015
It may be all-day but it’s not all-inclusive.
April 26th, 2013
In April 2013, a judge approved a $700,000 settlement between McDonald’s Corp. and members of Michigan’s Muslim community over claims a suburban Detroit restaurant falsely advertised its food as halal (i.e., prepared according to Islamic law). The parties agreed that $274,000 of the settlement funds would be donated to upgrading the Health Unit on Davison
April 21st, 2020
TINA.org is currently tracking 70 class actions challenging claims that a variety of foods and beverages are truly vanilla.
November 21st, 2019
November 2018: The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the district court’s approval of the settlement agreement. October and November 2016: Several objectors filed Notices of Appeal regarding the final approval of the settlement. To read them, click on the links below. Card Notice of Appeal McDonald Notice of Appeal Cochran Notice of Appeal Cecio Notice of
August 28th, 2019
In order to establish the age of Ryan ToysReview’s target audience, TINA.org conducted an appraisal of every video published on the YouTube channel between January 1 and July 31, 2019, which revealed that 92 percent promote at least one product or television/YouTube program that is appropriate for – and targeted at – children under the
March 25th, 2019
The ultimate question for one California court.
January 29th, 2019
In December 2018, a class-action lawsuit was filed against Trustmark National Bank for allegedly promising consumers that it only charges overdraft fees on their transactions if there is not enough money in their account to cover the transaction when, according to plaintiffs, the accounts always have enough money to cover transactions because the bank sets
October 12th, 2018
You know you’ve made a statement when Fortune 500 companies rip you off.
August 7th, 2018
A false advertising class-action lawsuit was filed against McDonald’s regarding the marketing of its Quarter Pounder® and Double Quarter Pounder® hamburgers. The complaint, which was originally filed in May 2018 and amended in July 2018, alleges that the restaurant offers these hamburgers with and without cheese but only lists the options with cheese on the
June 14th, 2018
The truth is — and the MLM admits — the vast majority of distributors make no income at all.
February 9th, 2018
We’re calling B.S. on RXBar’s “No B.S.” claims.
December 18th, 2017
TINA.org investigation reveals misleading income claims used to market MLM opportunity.