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Carton of Tillamook Old Fashioned Vanilla Ice Cream

Tillamook County Creamery Association makes ice cream in approximately fifty-one flavors. The complaint for this class action alleges that many of these products involve ice cream that is said to be vanilla flavor but is not, at least not according to labeling requirements. 

Belmont Vanilla Light Ice Cream Package

This class action is one in a number of recent ones that take issue with ice creams labeled as being “vanilla” flavor, or containing “vanilla” ice cream. Vanilla is the second more expensive flavoring in the world (after saffron), and the complaints allege that companies are finding ways to get around labeling laws. In this case, the complaint alleges that Aldi, Inc. deceptively labels some of its vanilla ice creams in its Belmont and Sundae Shoppe lines.

Container of Edy's Vanilla

The complaint for this class action quotes an article in the Chicago Tribune when it says, “By some estimates, two-thirds of ‘all ice cream eaten is either vanilla or vanilla with something stirred into it, like chocolate chips.’” But is it really vanilla? The complaint alleges that in the case of Dreyer’s and Edy’s, both made by Nestle Dreyer’s Ice Cream Company, vanilla is not what a reasonable consumer expects. 

Container of Breyers "Natural Vanilla" Ice Cream

When Breyers labels an ice cream as being “vanilla” flavor, does that flavor definitely come from vanilla beans? The complaint for this class action claims that Unilever United States, Inc., which owns the Breyers brand, bears responsibility for the deceptive labeling of its “vanilla” ice creams.

Container of Oikos Triple Zero Yogurt Showing the "Vanilla with Other Flavors" Designation

Have you been a victim of “food fraud”? The complaint for this class action alleges that this offense is growing, and it alleges that Danone North America, LLC is guilty of it in presenting some of its Dannon and Oikos yogurt products as being vanilla flavor.

Bottle of GNC Glucosamine Sulfate

Do you take a glucosamine sulfate supplement? Is that supplement 365 Everyday Value Glucosamine Chondroitin (from Whole Foods) or GNC Glucosamine Sulfate (from GNC)? If so, you should check the ingredient label and see if you’re really getting what you want.

Combivent Inhaler with Cartridge Installed

When we read that a bottle of medicine contains certain number of doses, we don’t usually bother to count them. We normally assume the number is approximately correct. The complaint for class action alleges, however, that Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (BIP) puts far less than it advertises in its Combivent Respimat asthma inhaler.

Gallon Jug of AriZona's Green Tea with Ginseng and Honey

How much ginseng must a drink contain to advertise itself as containing ginseng? The complaint for this class action, brought against the parties responsible for AriZona Green Tea with Ginseng and Honey, says that the amount should be at least scientifically detectable.

Bag of Maui Coffee Co. Kona Coffee

This class action brings suit against a number of coffee companies and the large retailers that sell their products. The complaint alleges that these companies offer coffee varieties that are labeled as Kona coffee, when the contents do not contain genuine Kona coffee. 

 

Package of Magnum Exotics Kona Blend Coffee

“Approximately 2.7 million pounds of Kona coffee is harvested each year, compared to 20 billion pounds of green coffee—approximately 0.01% of worldwide coffee production,” says the complaint for this class action. Yes, Kona coffee is special and in limited supply. The complaint claims that the Magnum Exotics label “Kona Blend Coffee” does not contain enough real Kona coffee to merit the name. The complaint claims negligent misrepresentation, fraud, and violations of state consumer protection laws, among other things.