BROOKLYN, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) – A New York woman is suing a food company over claims it misrepresents its vodka sauce product as containing no preservatives.
Ulyana Shmidt and John Does 1-100, individually and for all others similarly situated, filed a class-action lawsuit Jan. 15 in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York against Victoria Fine Foods, alleging unjust enrichment, negligent misrepresentation, breach of express warranties, violations of New York's General Business Law, and other violations of consumer protection statutes in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
The suit states Victoria Fine Foods markets its Victoria Premium Vodka Sauce product as containing no preservatives, when it allegedly contains citric acid, a non-natural, chemically processed ingredient and preservative.
The suit states the defendant's actions take advantage of consumers who wish to purchase products made from naturally occurring ingredients and who are willing to pay more for these products.
The plaintiffs and others in the class seek restitution and disgorgement, compensatory damages, actual and/or statutory damages, injunctive relief, interests, and attorney fees and costs, together to exceed $5 million. They are represented by attorneys C.K. Lee and Anne Seelig of Lee Litigation Group in New York City.
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York Case number 1:16-CV-00230-ILG-MDG