Olive Oil Importer Can't Escape Class Action Over Quality

By Caroline Simson (January 7, 2015, 12:19 PM EST) -- A California federal judge on Tuesday denied a motion to dismiss a putative class action accusing the importer of Bertolli- and Carapelli-brand olive oils of deceiving consumers about its products' quality, saying the claims were sufficient to pass muster at this stage.

U.S. District Judge Richard Seeborg found that plaintiff Scott Koller's allegations against Deoleo USA Inc. — that labeling the oils as "extra virgin" is misleading because they are actually mixed with refined oil, and that the bottle containing the oil is insufficient to protect it from heat and sunlight degradation — are enough to state his claim that a...

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