Starbucks Underfills Its Lattes, Suit Says

Law360, New York (March 17, 2016, 1:45 PM EDT) -- A pair of Starbucks Corp. latte drinkers have accused the coffee retailer of ripping off consumers by habitually underfilling its popular beverages by at least 25 percent, in violation of a number of California consumer protection laws, according to a proposed class action filed in California federal court on Wednesday.

Siera Strumlauf and Benjamin Robles have alleged that a standardized recipe for making lattes that Starbucks implemented in 2009 to save money on milk has resulted in beverages that don’t come close to their supposed 12-, 16- and 20-fluid ounce sizes, a breach of the retailer’s express and implied warranty with...

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