February 28th, 2020
In February 2020, a class-action lawsuit was filed against Whole Foods Market Group for allegedly misleadingly marketing that the flavor in its Organic 365 Rice Milk comes exclusively from vanilla when, according to plaintiffs, the ingredients list shows that the drink contains unspecified “Natural Flavor” in addition to a vanilla ingredient. (Hiland et al v.
February 19th, 2020
February 2020: This case was transferred to federal court. (Case No. 20-cv-268, S.D. Cal.) December 2019: A class-action lawsuit was filed against Kellogg Sales Company for allegedly misleadingly marketing that Bear Naked Granola Fit V’nilla Almond is made with vanilla from vanilla beans when, according to plaintiffs, the ingredients list shows that the product contains
January 17th, 2020
In January 2020, a class-action lawsuit was filed against Cooperative Regions of Organic Producer Pools for allegedly misleadingly marketing that the exclusive flavoring ingredient in Organic Valley High Protein Milk Shakes is vanilla when, according to plaintiffs, the ingredients list reveals that the products contain unspecified “Organic Flavor” along with “Organic Fair Trade Vanilla Flavor.”
January 7th, 2020
CGI influencers are here.
December 18th, 2019
November 2019: Plaintiffs filed an amended complaint adding the miniature versions of the ice cream bars to the products at issue. May 2019: A class-action lawsuit was filed against Mars Wrigley Confectionery for allegedly misleadingly marketing that Dove ice cream bars contain “vanilla ice cream” and “natural flavor” to make consumers believe that the vanilla
December 17th, 2019
It was another successful year outing deceptive marketing on multiple fronts.
November 21st, 2019
In April 2019, a class-action lawsuit was filed against Swander Pace Capital for allegedly falsely marketing that its Voortman cookie wafers are: “Baked With Real Cocoa” when, according to plaintiffs, the wafers actually contain “Cocoa Processed with Alkali,” “Baked With Real Fruit” when, according to the complaint, the wafers actually contain “dried fruit,” and “Baked
August 27th, 2019
Based on the ingredients list, the company is rounding up.
May 21st, 2019
REJUVENATION MADE IN USA MARKETING Below is a sampling of Rejuvenation marketing materials that claim, either expressly or implicitly, that the following types of products are made in the USA: • Furniture, including leather furniture, upholstered furniture, and walnut bedroom furniture • Lighting, including outdoor and customized lighting Claims shown below in gray have been
February 28th, 2019
In February 2019, a class-action lawsuit was filed against A & W Concentrate Company and Keurig Dr. Pepper Inc. for allegedly misleadingly marketing that A & W Root Beer and Cream Sodas are “made with aged vanilla” when, according to plaintiffs, the sodas do not contain real vanilla and are actually made with a chemical
July 31st, 2018
As far as meaningless food marketing terms go, this one’s a real treasure.
June 6th, 2018
February 2018: A federal judge granted final approval of this settlement agreement. September 2017: Plaintiffs moved for final approval of a settlement agreement that would prohibit CleanWell from using the terms “Natural” and “All Natural” in marketing for products that contain synthetic ingredients and preservatives that are not derived from natural plant or mineral sources.
April 27th, 2018
March 2017: A federal judge dismissed the amended complaint finding that it failed to state a claim upon which relief can be granted. The dismissal was . August 2014: Plaintiffs filed an amended complaint making similar allegations. July 2014: A federal judge dismissed the complaint because plaintiffs did not allege that they relied on the
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
November 2014: Both appeals were voluntarily dismissed. The reasons for the dismissals have not been disclosed. Click on the links below to see each order. Weaver et al Dismissal Narkin Dismissal August 2014: Class members who had objected to the approval of the settlement agreement filed Notices of Appeal regarding the decision to approve it.
May 12th, 2017
January 2015: This action was voluntarily dismissed , the reasons for which have not been disclosed. January 2014: A class-action lawsuit was filed against Blue Diamond Growers for allegedly misbranding its products. Specifically, plaintiffs claim that the company represents products – including Almond Breeze Almondmilk Vanilla (refrigerated), Almond Breeze Almondmilk Coconutmilk Blend Almond Coconut Unsweetened
May 12th, 2017
July 2016: This action was voluntarily dismissed as to the named plaintiff and as to the class members. The reasons for the dismissal have not been disclosed. May 2016: A class-action lawsuit was filed against F. Gaviña & Sons, Inc. for allegedly deceptively marketing Don Francisco brand coffee. According to the complaint, the marketing for
May 3rd, 2017
March 2017: After being transferred to another California court, a federal judge stayed (i.e., suspended the activity) this case until the FDA issues guidance on the use of the word “natural.” (Perera et al v. Pacific Foods of Oregon, Inc., Case No. 14-cv-2074, N. D. CA.) November 2013: A class-action lawsuit was filed against Pacific
April 6th, 2017
March 2017: This action was dismissed because the parties reached a settlement agreement, the terms of which have not been disclosed. The claims of the named plaintiffs are dismissed and the claims of the class members are dismissed . April 2016: A class-action lawsuit was filed against Melitta USA Inc. for allegedly misleadingly marketing its
January 6th, 2017
November 2015: The named plaintiff’s claims were dismissed . The reasons for the dismissal have not been disclosed. September 2015: A class-action lawsuit, which was filed against Mars, Inc. and Mars Chocolate North America, LLC in August 2015 (and transferred to federal court in September 2015), alleges that the companies deceptively label ice cream products,