Robbie Hargett Mar. 3, 2016, 12:11pm


BROOKLYN, New York (Legal Newsline) - A New York man is suing a niche coffee supplier, alleging it misrepresents certain filters as being compatible with the Keurig 2.0 brewing system.

Adam Starke, individually and for all others similarly situated, filed a class action lawsuit Feb. 19 in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York against Eko Brands, alleging unjust enrichment, violations of the Washington Unfair Business Practices Act, and violations of the New York Consumer Protection from Deceptive Acts and Practices Act.

The suit says Elko represents its Ekobrew reusable filter for Keurig 2.0 and 1.0 single cup brewers is compatible with the Keurig 2.0 System. However, the lawsuit states, the Keurig 2.0 innovation includes a sensor that determines whether the filter being used in the brewing is licensed or manufactured by Keurig, and the Keurig 2.0 is designed only to function with Keurig-licensed or Keurig-manufactured filters.

  

The suit alleges Eko knew its filters were not compatible with the Keurig 2.0 brewing system. In order for the Eko filters to work, consumers must purchase "Freedom Stickers," which the Keurig 2.0 sensor will recognize and allow the brewing system to brew coffee, the complaint says. The stickers are also manufactured and supplied by Eko.

Starke and others in the class seek injunctive relief, actual and statutory damages, restitution and disgorgement, interests, attorney fees and other costs of the suit. They are represented by attorney Mark Schlachet of the Law Offices of Mark Schlachet in Cleveland.

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York Case number 1:16-CV-00855-JG-CLP

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