Trader Joe’s Underfilled Tuna Cans Settlement

Trader Joe’s is settling a class action alleging that it underfilled cans of tuna it sold. The complaint claimed that the cans held less tuna than the marked amount. The company will pay $1.3 million to resolve this lawsuit.  Read more

Three Varieties of Trader Joe's Albacore Tuna

McCormick Black Pepper Products Slack Fill Settlement

McCormick & Company, Inc. makes black pepper products, among other things, including private-label black pepper for some stores. It has agreed to settle a class action alleging that it raised prices on its black pepper product by putting less pepper in its opaque containers but keeping the price per container the same. The complaint claimed  Read more

Can of McCormick Black Pepper

Ronzoni Specialty Pasta Excessive Slack Fill California Class Action

This California class action takes up the issue of “slack fill” or too much empty space inside containers of consumer goods. The complaint alleges that Riviana Foods, Inc. and New World Pasta Company, which do business as Ronzoni, leave excessive slack fill in their boxes of specialty pasta. This is particularly deceptive, as the specialty  Read more

Ronzoni Garden Delight Pasta

Fitbit Device Sleeping Tracking Settlement

A settlement has been reached in a class action against Fitbit, Inc. The complaint alleged that three of the company’s devices—the Fitbit Flex, Fitbit One, and Fitbit Ultra—do not track sleep as claimed on their packaging.   Read more

Russell Stover, Ghirardelli Chocolates Contain Empty Space Class Action

It’s a new take on the “excessive slack fill” allegation. The complaint for this class action alleges that candy containers from Russell Stover Chocolates, LLC and Ghirardelli Chocolate Company contain deceive consumers because they contain too much nonfunctional empty space.   Read more

Heart-Shaped Box of Russell Stover Chocolates

Pepperidge Farm Texas Toast Tiny Butter Content Class Action

The package for Pepperidge Farm’s Texas Toast shows two thick slices of toasted bread with a yellow spread and parsley flakes, a fresh garlic clove and parsley leaf, pats of butter, and the words, “Made with real Garlic[,] Butter & Parsley.” It looks mouth-wateringly delicious—assuming, of course, that the yellow spread is butter. Unfortunately, the  Read more

Package of Pepperidge Farm Texas Toast

Lenny & Larry’s Cookies Nutritional Value Settlement

This settlement resolves a class action alleging that Lenny & Larry’s did not correctly state the nutritional value of one of its products, the Complete Cookie. The complaint alleged that this led to misleading advertising, packaging, and labeling.   Read more

Nutrabolt Cellucor C4 Pre-Workout Powders Slack Fill Class Action

Some companies like to package their products in huge containers. With sports nutritional products, it sometimes seems like container bulk is supposed to imply the size of muscles you’ll get if you use the product. The complaint for this class action claims that Nutrabolt’s opaque containers for its Cellucor C4 Pre-Workout Powders big containers are  Read more

Container of Nutrabolt's C4 Powders

Annie’s Homegrown Cereal Excessive Slack Fill Class Action

The complaint for this class action quotes a study saying that “[t]he average consumer spends a mere 13 seconds making an in-store purchasing decision…” The issue? The complaint alleges that Annie’s Homegrown brand cereal products come in opaque containers which hide the fact that they are approximately 50% empty.  Read more

Box of Annie's Cocoa Bunnies Cereal

Taste of Nature Candy Products Settlement

Taste of Nature, Inc. is settling a lawsuit alleging that its candies are packed in non-transparent containers that contain too much non-functional slack fill. In other words, consumers are getting less candy than they expect for the price.  Read more