Whole Foods 365 Long Grain & Wild Rice Excessive Slack Fill Class Action

Consumers may not look closely at labeling information when they pick items off their supermarket shelves. The complaint for this class action alleges that Whole Foods Market Group, Inc. takes advantage of this superficial attention by using a box for its 365 brand Long Grain & Wild Rice—Rice Pilaf that is too large for the  Read more

Whole Foods 365 Long Grain & Wild Rice Pilaf

Ferrara Box Candy Slack Fill Settlement

Nestle USA, Inc., Ferrara Candy Co., and Ferrero USA, Inc. are settling two class actions alleging that they packaged box candy in oversized boxes that had too much nonfunctional empty space. The complaint alleged that such packaging violates state and federal consumer protection laws, including California’s False Advertising Law, its Business & Professions Code, its  Read more

Box of Raisinets

Junior Mints and Sugar Babies Excessive Slack Fill New Jersey Class Action

“Tootsie [Roll Industries, LLC] manufactures the most popular theater box candy products in the world[,]” says the complaint for this class action on its first page. But, the complaint alleges, sells the candies “in oversized, opaque boxes that” are “half-empty.” In other words, the boxes have too little candy and too much empty space, so  Read more

Box of Junior Mints

Annie’s Bunny Fruit Snacks Too Much Slack Fill New York Class Action

Empty space in a box containing food or other products is called “slack fill.” A number of good reasons exist as to why some slack fill may be needed for effective packaging. But the complaint for this class action brings suit against Annie’s, Inc. alleging that the slack fill in Annie’s Homegrown brand Bunny Fruit  Read more

Box of Annie's Bunny Fruit Snacks

Mike and Ike and Hot Tamales Underfilled Boxes Settlement

Just Born, Inc. is settling two class actions about two types of its candies, Mike and Ike and Hot Tamales. The complaints alleged that the opaque cardboard boxes in which the candies are packed are underfilled—that is, they contain too much nonfunctional “slack fill,” leading consumers to believe that the boxes contained more candy than  Read more

Pile of Mike and Ike Candies

Near East Couscous and Other Grain Products Slack Fill California Settlement

Golden Grain Company makes boxes of couscous, rice pilaf, whole grains, quinoa, and tabbouleh under the Near East brand. The company is now settling a class action alleging that the boxes contain too much nonfunctional slack fill (empty space) and therefore they violated California laws against deceptive advertising.  Read more

Box of Near East Roasted Garlic and Olive Oil Coucous

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

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

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