Calif. Olive Oil Buyers Ask For Cert. In False Labeling Action

Law360, New York (October 30, 2015, 5:41 PM EDT) -- A group of consumers urged a California federal judge on Thursday to certify their proposed classes in a suit accusing the importer of Bertolli and Carapelli olive oils of deceiving consumers about its products' quality, saying that otherwise the company will continue to defraud customers.

Lead plaintiff Scott Koller said the class is well-suited for certification, as millions of consumers paid a premium price for olive oil because of Deoleo USA Inc.'s alleged mislabeling of the oil as "extra virgin." Those labels, Koller claims, are misleading because the olive oil is actually mixed with refined oil, and the bottle is insufficient...

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