Canada Dry Ginger Ale
January 2019: A federal judge granted preliminary approval of a proposed settlement agreement that would provide class members with $0.40 for each product purchased. According to the settlement terms, class members who submit valid claim forms will receive a minimum payment of $2 and the maximum award for each household is $5.20 when class members don’t have proof of purchase and $40 when class members do have proof of purchase. In addition, the company agreed to stop using the phrase “Made from Real Ginger” on product labels but can continue to use the word “ginger” on product labels as long as it is used with the words “taste,” “extract,” or “flavor.” A final fairness hearing is scheduled for April 10, 2019. For more information, go to http://www.cdgasettlement.com/.
December 2016: A class-action lawsuit was filed against Dr. Pepper Snapple Group and Dr. Pepper/Seven Up for allegedly falsely marketing Canada Dry Ginger Ale as “MADE FROM REAL GINGER” when, according to plaintiffs, the soft drink is not made from real ginger root. The lawsuit was transferred to federal court in February 2017. (Fitzhenry-Russell et al v. Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Inc., Dr Pepper/Severn Up, Inc., and Does 1-50, Case No. 17-cv-564, N. D. CA.)
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