Whole Foods, Kombucha Maker Get $8M Mislabeling Deal OK

Law360, Los Angeles (February 1, 2017, 11:25 PM EST) -- A California federal judge on Tuesday granted preliminary approval to an $8.25 million deal struck between consumers and GT's Kombucha and Whole Foods Market Inc. over mislabeling claims regarding the product's antioxidant, alcohol and sugar content.

U.S. District Judge Philip S. Gutierrez, after in September denying a prior proposed deal, signed off on this agreement, which in addition to the monetary payout to the class, requires certain labeling changes by Millennium Products Inc., the maker of the carbonated fermented tea drink known as kombucha.

"The maximum settlement amount of $8.25 million ... represents approximately 21 percent of the estimated potential recovery,...

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