Three Notable Food Mislabeling Class Action Lawsuits


In recent years, the world of class action litigation has become increasingly busy with cases fueled by consumers who rightfully insist that the food industry, which we all trust for health and nutrition, sometimes falters when it comes to honestly and accurately labeling food products.

If you believe you may have been victimized by poor food labeling or food advertising practices, please contact Markoff Leinberger at 312-726-4162 to schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced attorneys.

What To Look For On Food Labels

The more involved and interested Americans have become in the preparation and origins of their food, the more food producers are coming to light as having practiced deceptive or misleading advertising. Many well-known and respected brands have been caught-up in class action lawsuits over food mislabeling issues.

Consider these three examples.

Food-Related Class Action Example No. 1 — The restaurant TGI Friday’s has been sued over the pricing of its drinks. The first class action lawsuit was filed against the restaurant in 2010. The second two lawsuits brought for the same reason were filed in 2014. The alleged offense stems from the restaurant’s practice of withholding drink and dessert prices on its printed menus. Furthermore, these cases charge that the missing drink prices constitute an unfair business practice because by having to ask the price of particular menu items, customers are put in the difficult position of having to make a snap purchasing decision.

Food-Related Class Action Example No. 2 — The Ghirardelli Chocolate Company settled a class action lawsuit related to inappropriately advertising the ingredients and benefits of its white chocolate baking chips. These bags previously said they contained “Premium Baking Chips — Classic White,” when in fact the product contained no white chocolate. There also were issues related to whether or not Ghirardelli can accurately refer to its chips as “All Natural.” While the company maintains its innocence, a judge has given preliminary approval to a settlement, which will effect anyone in the United States who purchased mislabeled Ghirardelli products between 2008 and 2014.

Food-Related Class Action Example No. 3 — The owners of Truvia sweetener, Cargill Inc., have settled a class action lawsuit that alleged the product was inaccurately labeled as “natural.” Two different class action suits took Cargill to task over its marketing, advertising and labeling of Truvia. As part of the settlement, Cargill will now offer cash refunds to qualified consumers.

Don't delay if you think you suffered illness or were deceived by mislabeled food items. Contact Markoff Leinberger by phone at 312-726-4162 or complete our online form today to arrange a free evaluation of your case at our office in Chicago.


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