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Deceptive Advertising

Glass of Asahi Beer

This settlement resolves a class action that claimed that Asahi Beer USA, Inc. deceived consumers by advertising that suggested its beer was brewed in Japan. In actuality, it is brewed in Canada.

A&W Root Beer Float

What “primary flavoring component” do root beer and cream soda have in common? The complaint for this class action says it’s vanilla. It also says that the makers of these sodas—A&W Concentrate Company and Keurig Dr Pepper, Inc.—do not use real vanilla in their products, or at least use very little of it.

Container of CVS Health Glucosamine Product

Do CVS’s joint health glucosamine products work? This class action says no. The complaint alleges that the primary ingredients, including glucosamine or glucosamine in combination with other substances, such as chondroitin sulfate or MSM, do not improve joint health, range of movement, stiffness, or other conditions. 

UltraMeal Plus 360 Product

Metagenics is settling a class action for nearly a million and a third dollars. The complaint claimed that the company made false and misleading representations about some of its products and that the products should not have been labeled “medical food.”

Box of Walmart Great Value Graham Crackers

Consumers are increasingly health-conscious, and they are willing to pay more for foods they believe are healthier, such as breads and crackers made from whole-grain flours. The complaint for this class action alleges that Walmart is taking advantage of this in selling crackers it calls “graham crackers” even though the main ingredient is not graham flour but whole-wheat flour. The complaint also questions the cinnamon-flavored product’s claims of being “Made with real cinnamon.”

Container of Barlean's Organic Virgin Coconut Oil

Even one high-fat meal made with coconut oil can reduce healthy body functioning, the complaint for this class action claims. Even so, the complaint alleges, Barlean’s Organic Oils, LLC markets its coconut oil as if it were healthy, when it is actually a less healthy fat choice. At issue are three Barlean’s products, its Organic Virgin Coconut Oil, Organic Culinary Coconut Oil, and Organic Butter Flavored Coconut Oil.

Box of Ezekiel 4:9 Breakfast Cereal

Consumers are looking for foods prepared with “natural” processes and foods that claim to provide a high level of nutrition. The complaint for this class action claims that Food for Life Baking Co., Inc. falsely purports to offer such benefits in its Ezekiel 4:9 brand cereals.

Module Express 635 Cotton Picker/Baler

It’s understandable that companies want to be the first to bring a new product to market. But the complaint for this class action says that CNH Industrial America, LLC rushed its Module Express cotton picker and baler to market when it still had significant defects, and that it hid these defects from customers. 

Bottle of Dial Complete Liquid Hand Soap

Dial Corporation is choosing to settle a class action related to its statements about its product Dial Complete Liquid Hand Soap.

Box of Honey Maid Graham Crackers

The company Mondelez Global, LLC has many famous brands in its product lineup. One of them is Honey Maid graham crackers, which is almost a hundred years old. Unfortunately, the complaint for this class action alleges that the “graham cracker” designation is misleading because graham flour is not the main kind of flour used. ​