NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – A New York woman
filed a class action lawsuit last month against Starbucks, a Seattle-based corporation, for
allegedly misrepresenting the size of its espresso beverages, a suit that
Starbucks says is no different than the recent copycat suits filed against the
Crittenden alleges in her suit filed on May 10 in U.S. District Court for the
Southern District of New York that the Starbucks Corporation advertises certain sizes for the espresso beverages, but in actuality the drinks contain
fewer fluid ounces per serving size than otherwise stated. The lawsuit states
that as a result, consumers have been paying more for the espresso beverages
based on a false, inflated serving size.
The suit also alleges Starbucks violated
the New York General Business Law by a breach of express warranty, fraudulent
concealment and/or inducement, negligent misrepresentation and unjust
“This lawsuit is
as frivolous and unnecessary as other recently-filed copycat actions,” Reggie
Borges, a spokesman for Starbucks, told Legal Newsline. “Our espresso
beverages are handcrafted in accordance with our customers’ preferences.
customer is not satisfied with their beverage preparation, we will gladly
This isn’t the first suit brought against
Starbucks that questioned the beverage size. Also this year, a Starbucks customer from
Chicago filed a $5 million lawsuit against the coffee chain, accusing it of using too much ice in its
The suit alleges Starbucks advertises since its cold drinks by fluid ounce, the
numbers are only accurate when ice is added to a drink.
This case is pending.
Crittenden and others in the class seek a jury trial,
damages, injunction, interests, attorney fees and costs. They are represented
by attorneys Brittany Weiner and Murray Friedman of Imbesi Law in New York.