July 8th, 2013
In June 2013, a federal judge approved a settlement between General Mills and consumers who filed a class-action lawsuit against it for allegedly falsely advertising that its YoPlus yogurt products provide digestive health benefits that regular yogurt does not. According to the settlement terms, the $8.5 million Settlement Fund will provide class members with a
September 30th, 2012
Following the trend set by the Yoplait and Cabot lawsuits, enraged yogurt devotees filed a class-action lawsuit against Dannon in September 2012 for adding Milk Protein Concentrate, an ingredient that is not approved by the FDA for yogurts, to its product. Dannon has said the claims are “baseless,” “poorly informed and frivolous.” (Kristie Conroy v.
August 30th, 2012
Unhappy yogurt lovers filed class-action lawsuits against General Mills (in April 2012) and Cabot (in August 2012) for calling their products “Greek yogurt,” when they’re neither Greek nor yogurt. According to the lawsuits, the products contain Milk Protein Concentrate (and, in the case of Cabot, Whey Protein Concentrate), neither of which are FDA-approved ingredients of
April 21st, 2020
TINA.org is currently tracking 70 class actions challenging claims that a variety of foods and beverages are truly vanilla.
September 30th, 2019
The really wild part? Not all the berries depicted on packaging appear to make it into the product.
May 22nd, 2018
Oft-touted origin story implies that popular kombucha tea helps to cure cancer.
April 27th, 2018
May 2014: The named plaintiff voluntarily dismissed this action , the reasons for which have not been disclosed. January 2014: A federal judge denied class certification of a class-action lawsuit filed against Ben & Jerry’s in 2010. The complaint alleges that the company mislabels its products – including various flavors of Ben & Jerry’s “All
October 27th, 2017
July 2014: The appeal was voluntarily dismissed pursuant to an agreement between the parties, the terms of which have not been disclosed. January 2014: Plaintiffs filed a Notice of Appeal regarding the December 2013 dismissal. December 2013: A federal judge dismissed a class-action lawsuit filed against Whitewave Foods Company alleging that the company misbrands both
May 31st, 2017
May 2014: This action was voluntarily dismissed , the reasons for which have not been disclosed. June 2013: A judge granted General Mills’ motion to dismiss claims in a deceptive advertising class-action lawsuit filed against it in 2012 due to the plaintiffs’ failure to show how they were deceived by the company’s statements. The plaintiffs
January 10th, 2017
Unpalatable online ad raises questions about weight-loss supplement.
June 7th, 2016
May 2016: The parties agreed to dismiss this action. The named plaintiffs’ claims were dismissed and the class members’ claims were dismissed . The reasons for the dismissal have not yet been disclosed. August 2014: A federal court suspended a class-action lawsuit filed against Trader Joe’s in 2013 pending the FDA’s determination of when the
January 21st, 2016
Let the yogurt wars commence.
December 1st, 2014
November 2014: Plaintiffs voluntarily dismissed the lawsuit because General Mills agreed to remove the 100% Natural claims from products containing unnatural ingredients. (Bohac et al v. General Mills, Inc., Case No. 12-cv-05280, N. D. CA.). This labeling change also led to the voluntary dismissal of three other lawsuits: Janney et al v. General Mills, Case
December 1st, 2014
November 2014: Plaintiffs voluntarily dismissed the lawsuit because General Mills agreed to remove the 100% Natural claims from products containing unnatural ingredients. (Rojas et al v. General Mills, Inc., Case No. 12-cv-05099, N. D. CA.). This labeling change also led to the voluntary dismissal of three other lawsuits: Bohac et al v. General Mills, Inc.,
May 16th, 2014
Stay alert when it comes to loyalty programs.
April 7th, 2014
It took more than 12 years of litigation between Lexmark International and Static Control Components over toner and toner cartridges for the U.S. Supreme Court to quote these profound words from a 1929 Yale Journal piece: [t]here need be no competition in unfair competition,” just as “[t]here is no soda in soda water, no grapes
March 28th, 2014
Fact: You have to eat a lot of Activia to feel any digestive benefits, and Dannon has gotten into trouble with the FTC before over health claims about its yogurt. This commercial’s fine print notes that you’d have to eat yogurt every day for two weeks for it to “help regulate your digestive system.” And
February 27th, 2014
Agency seeks to account for portions Americans really eat.
January 30th, 2014
A majority have faced false-ad challenges within past five years.
December 16th, 2013
Be careful, deceptive marketers — Santa was watching.