Robbie Hargett Jun. 1, 2016, 12:10pm


SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) - Two California women are suing Safeway, alleging it misrepresents its Parmesan cheese product.

Rebekah Prewitt of Escondido and Lauren Barry of San Diego, individually and for all others similarly situated, filed a class action lawsuit April 13 in Superior Court of California County of San Francisco against Safeway Inc. and Does 1-50, alleging breach of express warranty, negligent misrepresentation, unjust enrichment and violations of California business and civil codes.

The suit alleges Safeway mislabeled and falsely advertised its Safeway-branded "Signature Kitchens' 100 percent grated Parmesan" cheese product, as the product contains a substantial percentage of cellulose, an anti-clumping agent derived from wood pulp.

The plaintiffs and others in the class seek a jury trial, declaratory and injunctive relief, restitution and other equitable relief, interests and attorney fees. They are represented by attorney Aubry Wand of The Wand Law Firm in Culver City, California.

The defendant filed May 20 to remove the case to U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California because the amount in controversy exceeds $5 million, the putative class consists of more than 100 members, and there is minimal diversity among parties.

Superior Court of California County of San Francisco Case number CGC-16-551463

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California Case number 4:16-CV-02753-KAW

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