Robbie Hargett Feb. 10, 2016, 12:53pm


LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) - A California customer is suing McDonald's, alleging misrepresentations of its mozzarella sticks.

Chris Howe of Riverside County, individually and for all others similarly situated, filed a class action lawsuit Jan. 29 in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California Eastern Division against McDonald's Corporation and Does 1-100, alleging breach of express warranty, unjust enrichment, and violations of California's Unfair Competition Law, the state's False Advertising Law and the state Consumer Legal Remedies Act, among other laws.

The suit states McDonald's recently began selling mozzarella sticks in locations nationwide and advertises the product as being made with "pure mozzarella," "real mozzarella," and "100 percent real cheese." However, the lawsuit alleges these mozzarella sticks are adulterated and mis-branded, as they are composed partly of starch, used as a cheap substitute and filler.

Howe and others in the class seek monetary relief, restitution and disgorgement, injunctive relief, interests, and attorney fees and costs. They are represented by attorneys John H. Donboli and JL Sean Slattery of Del Mar Law Group in San Diego, Charles J. LaDuca, Benjamin D. Elga and Taylor Asen of Cuneo Gilbert & LaDuca in Bethesda, Maryland and Brooklyn, New York, and Amy Boyle and Melissa W. Wolchansky of Halunen Law in Minneapolis.

U.S. District Court for the Central District of California Eastern Division Case number 5:16-CV-00176-JGB-DTB

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