December 19th, 2016
August 2016: A federal judge granted final approval of a settlement in which PepsiCo agreed to take steps to ensure products comply with the law and test products according to an agreed protocol. This settlement does not provide consumers with any monetary relief but does allow them to bring separate claims for monetary damages. January
June 28th, 2019
In June 2019, a class-action lawsuit was filed against Tropicana Manufacturing and Pepsico for allegedly falsely marketing its Tropicana Pure Premium 100% Orange Juice with Calcium & Vitamin D as being natural when, according to plaintiffs, the juice contains an artificial flavor. (Johnson et al v. Tropicana Manufacturing Company, Inc. and Pepsico, Inc., Case No.
June 19th, 2019
PepsiCo marketing team appears to botch translation.
November 5th, 2018
In October 2018, a class-action lawsuit was filed against Pepsico and The Quaker Oats Company for allegedly deceptively marketing products – including Quaker Old Fashioned Oats, Quaker Instant Oatmeal, Quaker Oatmeal Squares, and Quaker Chewy Chocolate Chip – as being healthy when, according to the complaint, the company fails to disclose that the products contain
July 10th, 2018
In June 2018, a class-action lawsuit was filed against Pepsico for allegedly falsely marketing Izze Sparkling beverages as having “No Preservatives” when, according to the complaint, the drinks contain the preservatives citric acid and ascorbic acid. Plaintiffs also claim that the company misleadingly markets the beverages as having “No Sugar Added” without disclosing that the
June 14th, 2018
March 2018: A federal judge dismissed this case concluding that the complaint did not adequately allege reliance (i.e., that plaintiffs relied on the alleged misleading marketing in making their purchasing decisions). The judge also found that a reasonable consumer would not be deceived by the labels. December 2017: The Maxwell action was stayed pending the
December 1st, 2017
June 2014: This case was consolidated with six related cases: Sciortino, Cortina, Granados, Ibusuki, Ree, Aourout, and Hall. To learn more about the status of the consolidated action, click here. March 2014: Another class-action lawsuit alleging that Pepsico fails to inform consumers that Pepsi One soft drinks contain carcinogenic levels of 4-methylimidazole (4-MeI) was filed.
December 1st, 2017
June 2014: Both cases were consolidated with six related cases: Sciortino, Cortina, Granados, Ibusuki, Ree, Aourout, and Hall. To learn more about the status of the consolidated action, click here. March 2014: Both cases were transferred to another California court. (Aourout, Case No. 14-cv-1105, N. D. CA. and Ree, Case No. 14-cv-1192, N. D. CA.)
December 1st, 2017
June 2014: This lawsuit was consolidated with six related cases: Sciortino, Cortina, Granados, Ibusuki, Ree, Aourout, and Hall. To learn more about the status of the consolidated action, click here. May 2014: This case was transferred to another California court. (Case No. 14-cv-2023, N. D. CA.) January 2014: A class-action lawsuit was filed against Pepsico alleging
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 29th, 2017
November 2017: A federal judge granted final approval of the settlement agreement. August 2017: A federal judge granted preliminary approval of a settlement agreement. According to the settlement terms, the company agreed: Not to market the products at issue as “Made With All Natural Ingredients” or “natural” for a period of five years unless the
August 16th, 2017
In August 2017, a class-action lawsuit was filed against PepsiCo and Naked Juice for allegedly falsely advertising Naked Pressed juices as being cold pressed (a process used to make liquid from fruit and vegetables) without disclosing that the products undergo high pressure processing after being cold pressed. (Davis et al v. PepsiCo, Inc., Naked Juice
June 29th, 2017
February 2017: This action was voluntarily dismissed because the parties reached a settlement agreement. According to the agreement, the company will more clearly identify predominant ingredients and more clearly disclose that the beverages are not low in calories or sugar, among other things. In addition, the company agreed to provide monetary relief to consumers. The
October 24th, 2016
In October 2016, a class-action lawsuit was filed against Spitz International for allegedly falsely advertising Spitz Sunflower Seeds as edible when the product is “inedible and dangerous for consumption” because it contains maggots and dirt. (Willaims et al v. Pepsico Inc. d/b/a Spitz International, and Does 1-10, Case No. 16-cv-7569, C. D. CA.)
September 2nd, 2016
No artificial flavors but be mindful of sugar in this new line of Gatorade organic drinks.
September 1st, 2016
In August 2016, a class-action lawsuit was filed against PepsiCo and Izze Beverage Co. for allegedly deceptively marketing Izze Sodas. Specifically, the complaint alleges that the companies claim the sodas contain “NO PRESERVATIVES” when they actually do. In addition, the complaint alleges that the companies represent that each bottle of soda “delivers two servings of
April 14th, 2015
March 2015: A federal judge granted Pepsico’s motion to dismiss this lawsuit finding, among other things, that the plaintiffs did not sufficiently plead causation and injury. The judge dismissed the complaint with prejudice (meaning that the plaintiffs cannot refile) finding that further amendment would be futile. (Riva et al v. Pepsico, Inc., Case No. 14-cv-2020,
April 13th, 2015
Advocacy group urges federal agencies to investigate what they call deceptive “diet” claims.
January 26th, 2015
The commercials may be funny but don’t be fooled by some of the claims.
January 7th, 2014
Ingredient labels can have surprises.