SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) – A
California man and a New York state woman are suing a rice products
company, alleging its packaging is misleading.
Lankenau-Ray and Carmen Vargas, individually and for all others
similarly situated, filed a class-action lawsuit May 17 in U.S.
District Court for the Northern District of California against Mars
Inc., whose Uncle Ben's Rice Products are the focus on the suit.
suit states that Mars intentionally packages its Uncle Ben's rice
products in boxes that contain up to 50 percent empty space. Relying
on the size of the containers, the suit states, the plaintiffs paid a
premium price for the products, which they would not purchase
if they knew the containers were substantially empty.
counts against Mars include violations of California's Unfair
Competition Law, California's Consumer Legal Remedies Act and
California's False Advertising Law; violation of New York's Deceptive
Trade Practices Act; and negligent misrepresentation.
and Vargas and the class seek orders that Mars violated those
aforementioned laws, actual, compensatory, special and general
damages, prejudgment interest, and other forms of equitable monetary
relief, all to be determined by a jury.
They are represented
by Abbas Kazerounian and Andrei Armas of Kazerouni Law Group APC in
Costa Mesa, California and Joshua B. Swigart of Hyde & Swigart in
District Court for the Northern District of California Case number