'Kobe' Beef Off Menu As Calif. Chain Settles False Ad Suit

By Daniel Siegal (October 23, 2014, 6:42 PM EDT) -- Owners of the Barney's Beanery restaurant chain officially settled a putative class action alleging they falsely advertised menu items as containing Kobe beef when a California judge approved a deal Thursday requiring the chain to correct its menus and issue gift certificates to thousands of affected customers.

Barney's Worldwide Inc. has agreed to stop using the term "Kobe beef" on its menus unless it is listed as "American Kobe beef," per plaintiffs' motion for preliminary settlement approval. The restaurant chain will also pay up to $220,000 in $10 gift certificates to any class member who submits a claim, and $15 gift...

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