Evanger’s Dog and Cat Food Co. and Nutripack named in class action lawsuit over harmful ingredients in pet food

Evanger’s Dog and Cat Food Co. and Nutripack, LLC produce high-end pet foods that are specifically marketed to label-conscious consumers but that, contrary to their labels, contain harmful ingredients. The pet foods were advertised as premium, “100% beef,” and “human grade, USDA inspected meat,” but instead were composed of low quality, non-human grade ingredients and were produced at an unsanitary, non-USDA facility. Many of the Pet Foods were unsafe, adulterated meats, not from animals that were identified on the labels, and contained pentobarbital, a barbiturate used in the euthanizing of animals, the execution of humans and in physician-assisted deaths Plaintiffs’ use of these products led to the sickness of several of Plaintiffs’ pets, and the death of one.

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Rexall Sundown named in class action lawsuit for falsely advertising that Osteo Bi-Flex is beneficial for joints

 

This is a consumer protection class action arising out of Defedant Rexall Sundown, Inc false and misleading advertising of its glucosamine products. Defendant markets, sells and distributes a line of joint health dietary supplements under the “Osteo Bi-Flex” brand name, and Defendant represents that these products are beneficial to the joints of the consumers who use them.

Each of the Osteo Bi-Flex products at issue in Defendant’s joint health product line, through their labeling and packaging, and through Defendant’s other advertising and marketing materials, communicate the same substantive message to consumers: that Osteo Bi-Flex provides meaningful joint health benefits.

As alleged, these representations are designed to induce consumers to believe that Defendant’s Osteo Bi-Flex joint health products are capable of actually providing meaningful joint benefits, and consumers purchase Defendant’s Osteo Bi-Flex joint health products solely for the purpose of enjoying these purported joint health benefits.

Defendant’s Osteo Bi-Flex products, however, are incapable of supporting or benefiting the health of human joints because the main ingredients in each of Defendant’s Osteo Bi-Flex products at issue, either alone or in combination with other ingredients, cannot support or benefit joint health. Accordingly, Defendant’s joint health representations are false, misleading and deceptive, and its Osteo Bi-Flex joint health products are worthless.

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Henkel named in class action lawsuit over 30% slack fill in Purex Crystals packaging

Henkel named in class action lawsuit over 30% slack fill in Purex Crystals packaging

This is a class action based on alleged deceptive actions of Henkel Corporation with respect to the packaging of its Purex Crystals product.

Defendant sells the Purex Crystals product as “an in-wash fragrance booster, which provides freshness that lasts for weeks. Use a little or a lot, directly in the laundry! Safe for all loads including towels, activewear, and children’s sleepwear.”

On its website, Defendant states: “Purex® Crystals infuses your clothes with an extraordinary freshness that puts the finishing touch on your laundry and makes everyday a little more rewarding. With the exciting variety of fragrances Purex® Crystals offers, it’s easy to find a fragrance to match every laundry occasion. Whether it’s a relaxing freshness for your sheets or a more stimulating scent for you and your family’s activewear, Purex® Crystals has you covered. Have fun and try them all!”3

Plaintiff expected to receive a full container of the Purex Crystals product, which is packaged in non-transparent containers, as depicted below. Plaintiff was surprised and disappointed when he opened the Purex Crystals product to discover that the container had more than 30% empty space, or slack-fill. Had Plaintiff known about the slack-fill at the time of purchase, he would not have bought Defendant’s product.

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Hyundai named in class action lawsuit over defect in steering mechanism in Accent and Elantra vehicles

Plaintiffs filed this class action on behalf of a class of Hyundai Accent and Elantra owners alleging the vehicles were sold with a faulty steering mechanism.  According to the complaint, a defect in Hyundai’s steering mechanism causes the power steering to stop working suddenly, causing the wheel to lock or become difficult or impossible to turn at all.

The faulty steering mechanism is found on at least the following models: Hyundai Accent (model years 2013-2016) and Hyundai Elantra (model years 2013-2016), collectively defined as the “Vehicles.” Hyundai’s defective steering mechanism severely inhibits drivers’ ability to react to and/or avoid other cars, pedestrians, or obstacles. The Vehicles’ steering defects have been the subject of a large number of consumer complaints.

The complaint contends that Hyundai has long known about the problem but has not notified consumers. Previous Hyundai models had the same or a similar defect, which Hyundai was slow to acknowledge. Indeed, in 2016, Hyundai issued a recall concerning a similar defect in 2011 Sonata vehicles. The steering problem was caused by conflicting steering wheel input data which caused the power steering to turn off.

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Monini named in class action lawsuit over misbranding of its Truffle Flavored Extra Virgin Olive Oils

 

This is a class action against Defendant Monini North America, Inc. for its unlawful, misleading, and deceptive misbranding of its Monini White Truffle Flavored Extra Virgin Olive Oil (“Monini White Truffle Oil”) and Monini Black Truffle Flavored Extra Virgin Olive Oil (“Monini Black Truffle Oil”) (collectively, the “Products” or “Monini Truffle Oil”) sold to consumers. Monini markets its truffle oil as being flavored by actual “White truffle[s]” or “Black Truffle[s],” respectively. But Monini Truffle Oil is nothing of the sort; instead of flavoring its oil with actual “White Truffle[s],” or “Black Truffle[s],” Defendant’s Product is flavored by an industrially produced, chemically-derived perfume known as “2,4-dithiapentane.” Despite the absence of actual “White Truffle” or “Black Truffle,” Monini Truffle Oil is sold at a substantial price premium over olive oil not flavored with real truffles.

The complaint alleges that 2,4-dithiapentane, also known as “formaldehyde dimethyl mercaptal,” is synthetically prepared by the acid-catalyzed addition of methyl mercaptan to formaldehyde. Although it emulates the taste and smell of truffles, it is not truffle.

As further alleged, Monini’s misbranding is intentional. The front label and packaging of Monini White Truffle Oil represents in extra-large lettering that the product is flavored by “White Truffle.” Directly underneath this “White Truffle” representation is an oversized image of a sliced open white truffle. Similarly, the front label and packaging of Monini Black Truffle Oil represents in extra-large lettering that the product is flavored by “Black Truffle.” Directly underneath this “Black Truffle” representation is an oversized image of sliced open black truffles.

The mislabeling of Monini Truffle Oil renders the product completely worthless. By mislabeling its products, Monini dupes consumers into purchasing something that is not truffle oil. Nevertheless, Monini Truffle Oil is labeled and sold as premium truffle oil, and it commands a substantial price premium over other olive oil product.

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Honda named in class action lawsuit over with defective engine starting systems in Accord and Crosstour vehicles

This is a class action lawsuit brought on behalf of current and former Honda vehicle owners and lessees with defective engine starting systems in model years (“MY”) 2013-15 Honda Accord and 2013-15 Honda Crosstour vehicles (the “Class Vehicles” or “Vehicles”).

The engine starter (or “starter motor”) is an essential component of a vehicle that spins the engine when the start position is engaged by the ignition system. This allows the vehicle’s engine to “start” and begin running. This action arises from Defendants’ failure, despite their longstanding knowledge of this material and manufacturing defect, to disclose to Plaintiff and other consumers that the Class Vehicles are predisposed to a starter system defect (collectively, the “Starter Defect”). This defect – which typically manifests during and shortly after the limited warranty period has expired – will inevitably cause the starter motors and batteries in the Class Vehicles to prematurely fail. Once the starter motors and batteries fail to operate correctly, the engines in the Class Vehicles will not start, leaving operators and passengers stranded.

Vehicles are rendered inoperable when the Starter Defect manifests. As alleged herein, the Class Members’ vehicles completely fail to start due to the Starter Defect since the vehicle’s engine cannot properly turn over in a manner as required to start the vehicle. This causes the operator and passengers to become stranded and often requires the vehicle to be towed to the nearest service provider, all at the consumer’s expense.

The complaint further claims that not only did Honda actively conceal the fact that particular components within the starter system were not assembled and manufactured correctly (and require costly repairs to fix), they did not reveal that the existence of this defect would diminish the intrinsic and resale value of the Class Vehicles.

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Netgear named in class action lawsuit over a defect in CM700 cable modem

This is a class action brought on behalf of purchasers of the NETGEAR CM700 cable modem (the “Modem”) sold by Defendant NETGEAR, Inc. (“Netgear”). A cable modem is a device that allows cable subscribers to connect to broadband Internet service.

As alleged in the complaint, since its launch in 2016, Netgear marketed the Modem as a reliable high-end modem that is “ideal for the fastest Internet speed service plans.” However, Netgear failed to disclose that the Modem contains a serious defect that prevents it from operating properly. News reports and customer complaints since the release of the Modem indicate that it suffers from high spikes in network latency—delays in data communication over the network—that degrades users’ Internet connectivity.

Plaintiff purchased a Modem for personal use and suffered network latency, an experience shared by many purchasers of the Modem. Despite this widespread defect, Netgear has not announced a recall of the affected model, or otherwise offered to repair or replace it.

By shipping Modems with this defect, Netgear sold consumer goods that were substantially below the quality generally available in the market, were not fit for the for the Internet connectivity for which they were generally used, and were not adequately packaged and labeled.

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Odwalla named in class action lawsuit over “no added sugar” representations on its labels

This is a class action lawsuit brought on behalf of all persons in the United States who purchased one or more containers of Odwalla 100% Juices, including Berry Greens, Groovin’ Greens, and 100% Orange Juice, with the phrase “No Added Sugar” on their label or outer packaging (collectively “Odwalla Juice”)

Plaintiffs action arises out of the unlawful “No Added Sugar” statements placed by Defendants on the labels and outer packaging of o.dwalla Juice containers. The Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) regulations promulgated pursuant to the Food, Drug, and Cosmetics Act of 1938 (“FDCA”) specify the precise nutrient content claims concerning sugar that may be made on a food label. See 21 C.F.R. § 101, Subpart D. As alleged, Defendants’ “No Added Sugar” claims on its Odwalla Juice containers fail to comply with these requirements.

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Weleda, Inc named in class action lawsuit for selling cosmetics as Natural despite containing synthetic ingredients

Defendant Weleda, Inc manufactures, sells, and distributes the Products using a marketing and advertising campaign centered around claims that appeal to health conscious consumers, i.e., that their Products are “Certified Natural” and/or “Natural”. However, Defendant’s advertising and marketing campaign is false, deceptive, and misleading because the Products contain synthetic ingredients.

Plaintiff and those similarly situated relied on Defendant’s misrepresentations that the Products are “Certified Natural” and/or “Natural” when purchasing the Products. Plaintiff and Class Members paid a premium for the Products in comparison to comparable products that did not purport to be “Certified Natural” and/or “Natural”. Given that Plaintiff and Class Members paid a premium for the Products based on Defendant’s misrepresentations that they are “Certified Natural” and/or “Natural”, Plaintiff and Class Members suffered an injury in the amount of the premium paid.

A full list of the products named in the lawsuit and the synthetic ingredients they contain can be found in the complaint. COMPLAINT

Bed Bath & Beyond named in a class action lawsuit over sale of Perfect Touch and Crowning Touch, bed linens

 

This case involves the marketing and sale of bed linens falsely labeled as “100% Egyptian Cotton” by retailer Bed Bath & Beyond, Inc. (“BB&B”). For years, under the label Perfect Touch and Crowning Touch, BB&B sold bed linens, manufactured by Welspun India, Ltd. (“Welspun”), labeled as “100% Egyptian Cotton.” Egyptian cotton, due to its quality and scarcity, commands a premium in the market.

Welspun, a large home textile manufacturer based in India and with offices in the United States, manufactures and distributes bed linens and other home textiles to BB&B and other retailers. BB&B is Welspun’s largest customer.

In August 2016, BB&B’s competitor, Target announced that its investigation showed that Welspun uses inferior and less expensive cottons in many of its bed linens labeled “100% Egyptian Cotton.” Target ended its relationship with Welspun, and Welspun admitted, “Without any ambiguity, the fault is on our side.”

In response to Target’s announcement, BB&B ordered an external audit of textiles from Welspun but has continued to sell its products. Because of BB&B’s conduct, consumers who purchased Welspun bed linens at BB&B overpaid for an inferior product. This action seeks full recompense for consumers.

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