In October 2014, a federal judge sent
a false advertising class-action lawsuit against Bumble Bee Foods back to state court. The complaint
, which was originally filed in 2014, alleges that the company misleadingly labels products – including Chunk White Tuna in Oil, Tuna Salad Kit, and Albacore Tuna in Water – as an “excellent source” of Omega 3 without meeting the minimum regulatory requirements to make such claims. In addition, the complaint alleges that the product labels bear the “heart-check mark” endorsement from the American Heart Association without disclosing that the company actually paid to receive the mark. Among other things, the judge found that the federal court did not have jurisdiction stating that there was “no federal statutory hook to maintain jurisdiction.”(Garrett et al v. Bumble Bee Foods, LLC
, Case No. 14-cv-02546, N. D. CA.).
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