Whole Foods Meat Products

April 2016: A federal judge dismissed the complaint with prejudice. Among other things, the judge found that the complaint fails to make a claim on which relief may be granted. To read the court’s decision, click here.

September 2015: A class-action lawsuit was filed against Whole Foods for allegedly deceptively marketing its meat products as subject to a 5-Step® Animal Welfare Rating System (which outlines practices to promote animal welfare) when, in reality, the certification standards “barely exceed common industry practices” and suppliers who violate the standards do not lose certification. (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, Inc. and Williams et al v. Whole Foods Market, Inc., Whole Foods Market California, Inc., Mrs. Gooch’s Natural Food Markets, Inc., Case No. 15-cv-4301, N. D. CA.)

For more information about other class-action lawsuits filed against Whole Foods and TINA.org’s coverage of the company, click here.


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When a complaint is dismissed with prejudice, it cannot be refiled.


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