July 17th, 2020
October 2019: A federal judge granted final approval of the settlement agreement. April 2019: A federal judge preliminarily approved the settlement agreement. A final fairness hearing is scheduled for October 11, 2019. March 2019: The plaintiffs moved for preliminary approval of a proposed settlement agreement that would provide class members with a $4 cash award
October 23rd, 2019
In October 2019, a class-action lawsuit was filed against Brew Dr. Kombucha for allegedly misrepresenting the amount of probiotics in its kombucha drinks. Specifically, the complaint alleges that each bottle of the drink contains “billions” of beneficial bacteria and probiotics when, according to plaintiffs, independent lab tests show that each bottle contains far fewer probiotics
April 30th, 2019
In April 2019, a class-action lawsuit was filed against O Organics and Lucerne Foods for allegedly falsely marketing O Organics Kombucha beverages as non-alcoholic when, according to plaintiffs, the beverages contain three to five times more alcohol than non-alcoholic beverages are allowed to have. Plaintiffs also claim that the marketing for the Kombucha beverages understates
January 25th, 2019
2016: After the Samet case was consolidated with another lawsuit against the company (Hood), the consolidated action was dismissed. 2015: A class-action lawsuit was filed against Health-Ade for allegedly falsely marketing that its Kombucha drinks contain two to four grams of sugar per serving when, according to plaintiffs, the drinks contain approximately four to six
July 3rd, 2018
A false advertising class-action lawsuit was filed against Health-Ade LLC for allegedly misleadingly advertising its kombucha beverages as healthy by representing that they contain less sugar than they actually do. Specifically, the complaint, which was originally filed in March 2018 and amended in June 2018, alleges that the company represents that the beverages contain 5-7
May 22nd, 2018
Oft-touted origin story implies that popular kombucha tea helps to cure cancer.
March 15th, 2018
January 2018: The Ference appeal was voluntarily dismissed, the reasons for which have not been disclosed. November 2017: The Sweeney appeal was dismissed for failure to prosecute because the objector did not pay the docketing and filing fees. September 2017: Two objectors (Sweeney and Ference) filed Notices of Appeal regarding the approval of the settlement.
November 30th, 2017
In October 2017, a class-action lawsuit was filed against KeVita Inc. and Pepsico for allegedly deceptively marketing that KeVita Master Brew kombucha products have probiotics and provide various health benefits – such as digestive health benefits – when, according to the complaint, such claims are not true because the drinks are pasteurized, which kills the
November 30th, 2017
In November 2017, a class-action lawsuit was filed against East West Tea Company for allegedly misleadingly marketing Yogi Green Tea Kombucha as containing “Organic Kombucha” and “supply[ing] antioxidants to support overall health” when, according to plaintiffs, the green tea does not contain any kombucha at all and does not provide the advertised health benefits. (Cohen
November 12th, 2013
Hype or miraculous cure-all?