SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) - Six consumers are suing Chipotle, alleging its GMO-free advertising campaign is misleading.
Martin Schneider, Sarah Deigert, Laurie Reese, Theresa Gamage, Tiffanie Zangwill and Nadia Parikka, individually and for all others similarly situated, filed a class action lawsuit April 22 in
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
against Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc., alleging unjust enrichment, misrepresentation, and violations of consumer protection laws in California, Maryland, Florida and New York.
Since April 27, 2015, the suit says, Chipotle has represented itself as the first fast food chain in the U.S. with a menu free of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). However, the lawsuit alleges, Chipotle still serves protein products from poultry and livestock that have been raised on GMO feed, dairy products derived from cows raised on GMO feed and beverages that contain corn syrup derived from GMO corn.
The complaint states Chipotle does not disclose this information in its restaurants or on its menus.
The plaintiffs and others in the class seek a jury trial, declaratory and injunctive relief, damages, restitution and disgorgement, interest, attorney fees and costs. They are represented by attorneys Laurence D. King, Linda M. Fong, Matthew B. George, Mario M. Choi, Frederic S. Fox and Donald R. Hall of Kaplan Fox & Kilsheimer in San Francisco and New York.
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California Case number 3:16-CV-02200-JSC