An Uncertain Future For Calif. Food Labeling Class Actions

Law360, New York (April 8, 2016, 4:44 PM EDT) -- Randal M. Shaheen

Christopher L. Boone The pitter-patter of class action footsteps that food companies hear may have gotten a bit quieter, at least for now, based upon a recent Ninth Circuit decision in Kane v. Chobani. The lawsuit centers on Chobani’s use of the terms “evaporated cane juice” and “only natural ingredients” on the company’s yogurt labels. According to the plaintiffs, the yogurt included color additives that allegedly did not qualify as “natural.” The plaintiffs further argued that Chobani’s use of “evaporated cane juice” is simply code for sugar, and Chobani therefore misled them about the healthiness of its products....

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