LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) — A consumer has filed a class action lawsuit against the makers of Mott's fruit snacks, alleging that the foods are marketed as healthy for kids when they actually contain mostly corn syrup, a corn starch product and sugar.
Jonathan Chuang of Los Angeles County filed a complaint on behalf of all others similarly situated earlier this year in the Los Angeles Superior Court against Dr. Pepper Snapple Group Inc., Mott's LLP and General Mills Inc., alleging that they falsely advertise the nutritional value of their product.
The defendant removed the case to U.S. District Court for the Central District of California on March 8.
According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that he suffered damages from being misled into purchasing the products, which were advertised as containing actual fruits and vegetables. The plaintiff holds the defendants responsible because they say their fruit snacks contain a significant amount of fruits and vegetables, but the complaint alleges the products are no more healthful and nutritious than candy.
The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks compensatory, treble, punitive damages, interest, restitution and other forms of monetary relief, injunctive relief and all legal fees. He is represented by Kim Richman of Richman Law Group in San Francisco.
U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
Case number 2:17-cv-01875-MWF-MRW