Kona Beer Can't Ditch Hawaii-Made Mislabeling Suit

Law360, San Jose (August 3, 2017, 6:47 PM EDT) -- A California federal judge said Thursday she won't toss a putative class action alleging Kona Brewing Co.'s parent company misleads buyers into thinking mainland-brewed beer is actually from the tropical island, saying during a hearing the package's Hawaii address and map of Kona could mislead a reasonable consumer.

U.S. District Judge Beth Freeman told attorneys for both sides that there seems to be a trend in the courts where many judges won't allow beer mislabeling class actions to move forward. But this case is different, because the beer packing includes the address and map of Kona and it says customers can...

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