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Maker of Degree, Dove deodorants sued over net weight of products

By Shaun Zinck | Jul 2, 2015

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The maker of Degree and Dove brand deodorants is being sued in United States Court in New York over allegations that it didn't put the correct net weight of the products on the label. | United States District Court in New York

BROOKLYN, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) - The maker of popular deodorant brands is being sued in federal court over claims the company mislabeled the net weight of its products.

Brittany Brown, Jing Ye, Lynn Moore, Josefina Valdez, Michelle Peery and Lourdes Rosado filed the lawsuit on June 18 in United States District Court in New York against Unilever United States the maker of Degree and Dove deodorant brands.

The lawsuit claims the company doesn't accurately label the net weight of the usable portions of the popular deodorants and antiperspirants. According to the suit, the net weight on the label was greater than the actual usable portion in the container.

The suit also claims Unilever United States uses an excessive amount of empty space, or slack-fill, in the containers of the deodorants and antiperspirants. The plaintiffs claim the additional slack-fill is used to create a bigger package making it more prominent on the shelves for consumers.

The plaintiffs are seeking class status for those who purchased the products, and are also seeking more than $5 million in damages plus court costs.

They are represented by C.K. Lee of Lee Litigation Group, PLLC in New York City.

United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York case number 1:15-cv-03563.

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