Recent 'Class Action'

Honest Company Laundry Detergent Class Action Lawsuit

Sunday, March 27th, 2016

On March 17, 2016 a class action lawsuit was filed against the Honest Company (Honest in California) by Illinois resident Staci Seed. The lawsuit alleges the company is misleading consumers by advertising products as being SLS Free. SLS stands for sodium lauryl sulfate, a chemical that the company had pledged never to use.

The Wall Street Journal published a report this month that included the results of lab tests of Honest’s laundry detergent. The publication commissioned two independent tests and both indicated that the product included SLS. SLS is a chemical commonly used that creates lather, but can also irritate sensitive skin.

Ms. Seed lists in her court papers that she and her lawyers contacted their own independent testing agents to determine if in fact SLS was included in the ingredients in Honest laundry detergent.

In the lawsuit Ms. Seed also states that she specifically looked to purchase products that did not contain SLS and chose Honest because the labels say they did not include SLS as an ingredient, instead using sodium coco sulfate (SCS) as a less harsh alternative.

A representative of the Honest Company said that “The claims alleged in the lawsuit are without merit and we intend to vigorously defend ourselves against them.”

Starbucks – Underfilled Lattes

Saturday, March 26th, 2016

Starbucks is the subject of a class action lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court of Northern California. The lawsuit asserts that the company uniformly underfilled these types of drinks “pursuant to a standardized recipe.” The lawsuit has been filed on behalf of the purchasers of Starbucks Caffe Lattes, Flavored Lattes, Pumpkin Spice Lattes, Egg Nog Lattes, Skinny Lattes, Skinny Flavored Lattes, Vanilla Lattes, and Skinny Vanilla Lattes.

The lawsuit claims that the lattes are being underfilled because of a standardized recipe instituted by the company, thus causing the lattes to be underfilled by approximately 25%. This recipe/process was instituted in 2009 to save the company based on the cost of milk (one of the most expensive ingredients in the latte).

The lawsuit also claims that the cups used by Starbucks for serving lattes are too small to include the fluid ounces listed on the Starbucks menu. By using the standardized recipe (which calls for ¼ inch of space to be left at the top of the latte) there is no way the listed ounces can be included in the cup.

The company was reached for comment on the lawsuit. A representative of Starbucks stated that “We are aware of the plaintiffs’ claims, which we fully believe to be without merit. We are proud to serve our customers high-quality, handcrafted and customized beverages, and we inform customers of the likelihood of variations.”

Blue Buffalo Pet Food

Sunday, March 20th, 2016

The makers of Blue Buffalo Pet Food were the defendants in a class action lawsuit that claimed the company used poultry by-products in their food after stating they did not do so. The company has denied any wrongdoing but decided to settle the lawsuit to put an end to the litigation.

If you purchased Blue Buffalo pet food from May 7, 2008 to December 18, 2015 you are eligible to submit a claim to the company. The company has agreed to pay $32 million dollars to settle the lawsuit. Consumers can visit the website and submit a claim. If you have proof of purchase then you can receive $5.00 for every $50.00 in purchases, up to a maximum of $200.00. If you do not have proof of purchase your maximum amount is capped at $10.00. Claim forms must be completed by April 14, 2016.

The company acknowledges that a supplier had provided them with a mislabeled ingredient, where the chicken meal they received was in fact made of poultry by-product. Blue Buffalo indicated they are pursuing legal actions against this former supplier.