Judge Trims Class Action Against Quaker Oats

Law360, New York (October 15, 2010, 3:58 PM EDT) -- A California judge has tossed most of a putative class action against Quaker Oats Co., saying federal law preempts a majority of the plaintiffs’ state law claims that Quaker Oats’ Chewy-brand granola bar box labels were designed to mislead consumers about the bars’ health value.

However, claims made by the plaintiffs that the company misled them by peppering its box with the word “wholesome,” the phrase “smart choices made easy” and pictures of children playing soccer remain, according to an order issued Thursday by Judge Richard...
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