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Walmart Folgers Ground Coffees Number of Cups Class Action

Consumers rely on the labeling of ground coffee products to tell them how many cups a given container will make. The complaint for this class action brings suit against Walmart, Inc., which sells Folgers Classic Decaf Medium Roast Ground Coffee, alleging that the Folgers containers promise significantly more cups than the containers can actually make.

The class for this action is all persons in Florida who, between February 2, 2017 and February 2, 2021, bought one or more of the Folger’s product for personal use and not for resale.

At issue in this case are 30.5-ounce cannisters of Folgers Classic Decaf Medium Roast Ground Coffee.

Two images of the product were attached to the complaint when it was originally filed: Exhibit B shows the product in its container. The front label advertises that the coffee contained in the cannister “Makes Up to 240 Cups.” Exhibit C shows the product as advertised on Walmart’s website. (Exhibit A is the receipt for the coffee, as purchased at Walmart.)

The complaint alleges, “Based on this prominent labeling, a consumer purchasing this product would reasonably believe that the product could be used to brew up to 240 cups of coffee. However, the complaint alleges that this is not true.

How so? Exhibit D shows an image of the brewing instructions for the product, as posted on Walmart’s website page for the product. They tell customers to use a tablespoon of ground coffee in six ounces of water to make one cup of coffee. This would imply that the cannister contains 240 tablespoons of coffee.

“However,” the complaint alleges, “testing of the product establishes that it will not produce anywhere close to 240 tablespoons of coffee and therefore, when the directions are followed, will not produce anywhere close to 240 6 fluid ounce cups of coffee.”

The complaint says that the representations on the product are “misleading and deceptive” and “likely to mislead a consumer acting reasonably in the circumstances…” The complaint alleges that consumers such as the plaintiff in this suit “relied on the misleading and deceptive labeling and advertising and was deprived of the benefit of the bargain” of a product capable of brewing 240 cups of coffee.

The sole count is violation of the Florida Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act, a consumer protection law that prohibits “unfair methods of competition, unconscionable acts or practices, and unfair or deceptive acts or practices in the conduct of any trade or commerce.”

Article Type: Lawsuit
Topic: Consumer

Most Recent Case Event

Walmart Folgers Ground Coffees Number of Cups Complaint

February 2, 2021

Consumers rely on the labeling of ground coffee products to tell them how many cups a given container will make. The complaint for this class action brings suit against Walmart, Inc., which sells Folgers Classic Decaf Medium Roast Ground Coffee, alleging that the Folgers containers promise significantly more cups than the containers can actually make.

Walmart Folgers Ground Coffees Number of Cups Complaint

Case Event History

Walmart Folgers Ground Coffees Number of Cups Complaint

February 2, 2021

Consumers rely on the labeling of ground coffee products to tell them how many cups a given container will make. The complaint for this class action brings suit against Walmart, Inc., which sells Folgers Classic Decaf Medium Roast Ground Coffee, alleging that the Folgers containers promise significantly more cups than the containers can actually make.

Walmart Folgers Ground Coffees Number of Cups Complaint
Tags: Deceptive Advertising, Deceptive Labels, Misrepresentation of Number of Servings