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Two consumers accuse food manufacturer of deceptive practices

By Philip Gonzales | Aug 1, 2016

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WASHINGTON — Two consumers are suing a food manufacturer, alleging unlawful and deceptive practices.

Shawn Jain and Gloria Hackman filed a class action suit, individually and on behalf of all others similarly situated July 7, in Superior Court for the District of Columbia against Ahold USA Inc. alleging breach of implied warranty of merchantability.

According to the complaint, on March 31, Jain and Hackman purchased Ahold's Parmesan cheese at a Giant Landover store in Washington, D.C., and the cheese contained marketing representations of 100 percent grated Parmesan cheese and 100 percent real cheese no fillers. As a result of defendant's actions, the suit says, the plaintiffs suffered damages for buying a product that was misrepresented. 

The plaintiffs allege Ahold developed, marketed, advertised, distributed and sold the Parmesan cheese to the general public and concealed that the cheese contains cellulose.

Jain and Hackman seek a trial by jury, all compensatory damages, attorney fees and legal costs, an injunction for Ahold to be barred from producing Parmesan cheese with cellulose, and such other relief the court deems just. They are represented by attorneys Nicholas Migliaccio and Jason Rathod of Migliaccio & Rathod LLP in Washington, and Christopher T. Nidel of Nidel Law PLLC in Washington.

The defendant removed the case to U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on July 7

Superior Court for the District of Columbia Case number 1:16-cv-01415

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