November 1st, 2019
In October 2019, a class-action lawsuit was filed against Ben & Jerry’s Homemade Inc. and Unilever for allegedly falsely advertising that Ben & Jerry’s ice creams are made with milk and cream from “happy cows” living on Vermont farms that meet certain standards for humane and sustainable farming practices and are part of a “Caring
December 29th, 2020
In December 2020, a class-action lawsuit was filed against Sargento Foods Inc. for allegedly misleadingly marketing that cheeses – including Monterey Jack Natural Cheese, Natural Double Cheddar Cheese, Colby Natural Cheese, and others – contain “No Antibiotics” when, according to plaintiffs, the milk used to make the cheeses comes from cows given antibiotics resulting in
August 20th, 2020
August 2020: This case was transferred from a court in Indiana to one in Illinois in order to be heard as part of a multidistrict litigation (MDL). (Honeycutt v. Fair Oaks Farms Food, LLC, Case No. 20-cv-4647, N.D. Ill.; MDL Case Info: In Re: Fairlife Milk Products Marketing and Sales Practices Litigation, MDL No. 2909,
July 17th, 2020
October 2019: Several lawsuits pending against Fairlife were transferred to Illinois to be heard together in a multidistrict litigation (MDL). Click here and here to see the transfer orders. (In Re: Fairlife Milk Products Marketing and Sales Practices Litigation, MDL No. 2909; Lead Case Info: Case No. 19-cv-3924, N. D. Ill.) June-September 2019: Multiple class-action
July 10th, 2020
In July 2020, a class-action lawsuit was filed against The Kraft Heinz Company for allegedly misleadingly marketing Kraft Natural Cheese Products as natural when, according to the complaint, the milk used to make the cheese comes from cows that were given an artificial growth hormone to increase their milk production. (Koh et al v. The
July 2nd, 2020
In June 2020, a class-action lawsuit was filed against Coca-Cola for allegedly falsely advertising that Fairlife products contain milk from cows that are treated ethically, humanely, and with an “extraordinary” amount of care and the farming practices used are environmentally sustainable when, according to plaintiffs, the cows are routinely abused and mistreated. (Cantwell et al
September 3rd, 2019
In August 2019, a class-action lawsuit was filed against Tillamook County Creamery Association for allegedly deceptively advertising that the milk used in its dairy products comes from cows on small family farms in Tillamook County when, according to the complaint, the milk comes from cows in a large, industrialized dairy factory farm in Oregon. (Bohr
May 8th, 2019
Courts weigh in on legal term.
May 7th, 2019
March 2019: The named plaintiff voluntarily dismissed this action , the reasons for which have not been disclosed. February 2019: A federal judge dismissed this action for failure to state a claim, concluding that reasonable consumers would not interpret the “grass-fed cows” advertising claims to mean that the cows are fed only grass, and that
August 8th, 2018
In July 2018, a class-action lawsuit was filed against Nestle USA for allegedly misleadingly marketing that an independent third party certifies products – including Lean Cuisine Marketplace frozen dinners and Coffee-Mate Natural Bliss creamers – as containing “No GMO Ingredients” when, according to the plaintiffs, the certification is not from an independent, third party and
July 31st, 2018
As far as meaningless food marketing terms go, this one’s a real treasure.
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
January 5th, 2017
Corporate doublespeak is as hard to decipher as the questionable claims in the ads themselves.
June 2nd, 2016
A pristine meadow and acres of space may not be the reality for milk-producing cows.
January 27th, 2016
Can a specially formulated chocolate milk really “protect the brain”?
September 29th, 2015
A Vemma settlement with the FTC will likely take this form.
May 28th, 2015
One of the phrases behind Coke’s new so-called supermilk may not mean what you think.
July 18th, 2013
Chobani Yogurt has come under scrutiny from an activist group over its use of GMOs. Green America is criticizing the yogurt manufacturer for using dairy from GMO-fed cows while using terms like “real” and “natural” in its advertising. According to Green America’s GMO Inside campaign press release: Greek yogurt, popular today for its high protein
March 1st, 2013
Plenty of furniture is labeled as leather, but not everything called leather is exactly that. What are you really sitting on?