Various Trader Joe’s Products

May 2016: The parties agreed to dismiss this action. The named plaintiffs’ claims were dismissed with prejudice and the class members’ claims were dismissed without prejudice. 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 term “evaporated cane juice” may appropriately be used. The complaint that is now on hold alleges that the company:

  • Misleadingly labels products — including French Village Yogurt, Organic Sweet Pickle Relish, and Pumpkin Pancake Waffle Mix – as containing “evaporated cane juice” when they actually contain sugar;
  • Unlawfully labels products – including Trader Joe’s Organic Chocolate Soy Milk — as containing “soymilk” when they actually do not contain milk, in violation of federal regulations; and
  • Falsely advertises that products – including Trader Joe Enchilada Sauce and Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Salted Caramel Truffles – do not contain chemical preservatives and artificial flavors when, in reality, they do contain these ingredients.

(Gitson et al v. Trader Joe’s Company, Case No. 13-cv-01333, N. D. CA).

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