ST. LOUIS (Legal Newsline) — Four consumers have filed a class action lawsuit against distillery companies, alleging fraud, negligent misrepresentation and unfair competition.
Stephen Penrose, James Thomas, Joseph Guardino and Daniel Pope filed a complaint, individually and on behalf of all others similarly situated, Jan. 27 in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of
Buffalo Trace Distillery Inc., Old Charter Distillery Co., and Sazerac Company, Inc.,
alleging they falsely advertise the age of their bourbon products.
According to the complaint, the plaintiffs suffered monetary damages from purchasing a bourbon product that was wrongly labeled. The plaintiffs allege the defendants falsely label their bourbon to have been aged for eight years in order to deceive consumers into purchasing a lesser-quality product that is significantly less than eight years old.
The plaintiffs seek trial by jury, compensatory and punitive damages, interest, restitution, enjoin the defendants and order them to engage in corrective advertising, all legal fees and all other relief the court deems just. They are represented by attorney Yitzchak Kopel of Bursor & Fisher, P.A. in New York.
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri Case number 4:17-cv-00294-PLC