McCormick Tries To Shake False Ad Suit Over Pepper Product

By Jimmy Hoover (July 20, 2016, 8:55 PM EDT) -- McCormick pressed a District of Columbia federal court Wednesday to toss a false advertising suit lodged by competitor Watkins Inc. over alleged underfilling of McCormick's pepper containers, saying that selling the seasoning in a certain sized container does not constitute advertising subject to the Lanham Act.

The Baltimore-based condiment company argued in defense of its motion to dismiss Watkins' claims that McCormick's allegedly deceptive pepper-filling practices caused Watkins damage in the way of lost sales. The alleged skimping scheme is also at the center of multiple consolidated consumer lawsuits before U.S. District Judge Ellen S. Huvelle in Washington D.C.

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