Chipotle Decision Signals New Class Action Obstacle

Law360, New York (December 6, 2013, 2:53 PM EST) -- Purveyors of mass-retail food products may have a new reason to rejoice this holiday season.

On Dec. 2, the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, in Hernandez v. Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc., quietly issued a three-page in-chambers order denying class certification in a false advertising action challenging Chipotle's claim that its products contain "naturally raised" meat.

The class certification denial alone is notable given California's famously broad consumer protection laws. Even more significant is the court's reasoning, which seems to stem from the...
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