May 4th, 2016
In January 2016, a false advertising class-action lawsuit filed against Whistlepig over its marketing of Whistlepig Straight Rye Whiskey was voluntarily dismissed. The complaint, which was originally filed in state court in November 2014 and transferred to federal court in December 2014, alleged that the company misleadingly markets its Straight Rye Whiskey as a craft
April 27th, 2016
January 2016: A state judge granted final approval of the settlement. September 2015: A state judge preliminarily approved a $425,000 settlement of a false advertising class-action lawsuit against Proximo Spirits (the maker of Tincup whiskey). According to the complaint, the company deceptively marketed Tincup as being manufactured entirely in Colorado when it actually is not.
April 18th, 2016
March 2016: The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the district court’s decision to dismiss this lawsuit. (In Re: Anheuser-Busch Beer Labeling Marketing and Sales Practices Litigation, Case No. 14-3653, 6th Cir.) June 2014: A federal judge dismissed a class-action lawsuit against Anheuser-Busch. Plaintiffs claimed that the company represents the alcohol content of several Anheuser-Busch
March 11th, 2016
March 2016: This lawsuit was transferred to federal court. (Lorenzo et al v. MillerCoors LLC et al, Case No. 16-cv-20851, S. D. FL.) February 2016: A class-action lawsuit was filed against MillerCoors for allegedly misleadingly marketing Coors Light beer as being made in the Rocky Mountains when, even though the company still operates its famous
December 21st, 2015
What we did this year at TINA.org.
September 25th, 2015
August 2015: A federal judge dismissed this lawsuit finding that a reasonable consumer would not interpret the word “handcrafted” to mean that the product was literally “created by a hand process rather than by a machine.” The judge went on to state that “if Jim Beam uses the term ‘handcrafted’ to appeal to consumers’ loose
August 5th, 2015
July 2015: A federal judge dismissed this false advertising lawsuit finding, among other things, that reasonable consumers would not interpret the term “handmade” to mean that the whiskey was made “literally by hand” without “equipment or automated process.” December 2014: A class-action lawsuit was filed against Maker’s Mark for allegedly misleadingly promoting its whiskey as
July 29th, 2015
In March and April 2015, three class-action lawsuits were filed against multiple California wineries – including The Wine Group, Rebel Wine Co., Sutter Home Winery, Golden State Vintners, Beringer Vineyards, and Treasury Wines Estates Americas Co. – for, among other things, allegedly deceptively failing to disclose that their wines contain dangerous levels of inorganic arsenic.
July 20th, 2015
July 2015: The parties in this lawsuit have reached a settlement agreement. According to the settlement terms, class members with proof of purchase may receive $6 for each bottle purchased and class members without proof of purchase may receive $3 for each bottle purchased. Class members may receive a refund for up to six bottles
June 29th, 2015
Below are 200 examples of Made in the USA misrepresentations on Walmart.com found between June 22 and July 13, 2015. Group 1: Instances in which the Walmart.com USA label is inconsistent with information contained on the product packaging or manufacturer’s website. Errors 1-35 are from TINA.org’s June sampling; Errors 36-40 are from TINA.org’s July sampling.
June 24th, 2015
A settlement agreement reached between the parties in a false advertising class-action lawsuit against BevMo, an alcoholic beverage retailer in the western United States, is scheduled for a final approval hearing on July 27, 2015. The complaint alleged that BevMo deceptively marketed its “5¢ sale.” Specifically, plaintiffs claimed that the company represented that consumers who
June 12th, 2015
In May 2015, a federal judge dismissed a false advertising class-action lawsuit against Beam Suntory, Inc. and Maker’s Mark Distillery, Inc. The complaint, which was originally filed in December 2014, alleged that the companies marketed the whiskey as “handmade” when it is actually made using machines. The judge found that the plaintiffs did not “articulate
June 12th, 2015
May 2016: This action was voluntarily dismissed as to the named plaintiff and as to the putative class members. The reasons for the dismissal have not been disclosed. March 2015: The plaintiffs filed an amended complaint, narrowing their claims but still alleging that Fifth Dimension falsely markets Tito’s handmade Vodka as “handmade.” September 2014: A
June 3rd, 2015
We’re not sold on this hangover cure or the amount of money NOHO says you can make selling it.
May 7th, 2015
Class-action lawsuit says MillerCoors falsely advertises Blue Moon as a craft beer.
April 24th, 2015
In April 2015, a class-action lawsuit was filed against Fifth Generation for allegedly falsely marketing Tito’s Handmade Vodka. Specifically, the complaint alleges that the company misleadingly labels the vodka as “handmade,” “handcrafted,” and “Crafted in an Old Fashioned Pot Still” when the vodka is actually made using machines. (Singleton et al v. Fifth Generation, Inc.
March 30th, 2015
In March 2015, a class-action lawsuit was filed against Narconon of Northern California for allegedly making misleading statements in the marketing materials for the “drug treatment” program offered at Narconon Centers. Among other things, the complaint alleges that the marketing materials misleadingly represent that the program is a drug and alcohol treatment program that is
March 23rd, 2015
In March 2015, a class-action lawsuit was filed against Breckenridge Distillery for allegedly falsely marketing Breckenridge Bourbon Whiskey. According to the complaint, the company markets whiskey as made in Colorado when, in reality, some of the whiskey is produced in bulk outside of Colorado. (Cady et al v. Double Diamond Distillery, LLC d/b/a Breckenridge Distillery,
January 22nd, 2015
In December 2014, a state judge preliminarily approved a settlement of a class-action lawsuit against Anheuser-Busch. The complaint, which was originally filed in 2013, claims that the company misleadingly markets Kirin beer as being imported from Japan without adequately disclosing that it is actually brewed in the United States. According to the settlement terms, class
December 22nd, 2014
With help from our readers, TINA.org’s second full year of operation was a definite success – helping to empower consumers against false and deceptive ads. Here’s a rundown of what we accomplished in 2014. (Click each title to explore) While there can be no doubt that TINA.org will be more than busy in the coming