Olive Oil Importer Can't Escape Mislabeling Claims

By Kira Lerner (February 25, 2014, 6:36 PM EST) -- A New York federal judge refused Monday to toss a class action alleging Kangadis Food Inc. misleads customers by advertising adulterated olive oil as "100 percent pure," ruling that consumers can move forward with their claims because the product contains olive-residue oil that dilutes its purity.

U.S. District Judge Jed S. Rakoff denied Kangadis' motion for summary judgment, finding that the consumers meet the requirements to sue for breach of warranty and violations of consumer protection laws. The plaintiffs claim Kangadis, which does business as The Gourmet Factory, deceptively labels its Capatriti brand olive oil as 100 percent olive oil when...

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