A federal judge granted preliminary approval
of a settlement agreement
that provides class members with an $0.80 cash award for each product purchased. Class members without proof of purchase may receive refunds for up to 13 purchases while class members who have proof of purchase may receive refunds for a maximum of 100 purchases if they have proof of purchase for at least 87 of their purchases. In addition, the company is permanently prohibited from using the phrase “Made with Real Ginger” on product labels but is allowed to use the words “ginger,” “real ginger,” or “natural ginger” along with the words “taste,” “extract,” or “flavor.”
January 2018: Plaintiffs filed an amended complaint that brings similar allegations.
December 2016: A class-action lawsuit was filed against The Coca-Cola Company for allegedly falsely marketing Seagram’s Ginger Ale as “MADE FROM REAL GINGER” when, according to plaintiffs, the soft drink is not made from real ginger root. This lawsuit was transferred to federal court in February 2017. (Fitzhenry-Russell v. The Coca-Cola Company, Case No. 17-cv-603, N. D. CA.)
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