SAN JOSE, Calif. (Legal Newsline) – Consumers have filed a class-action lawsuit against a manufacturer of fermented tea products over allegations the beverages contain more sugar than advertised.

Lynette Gonzalez, Michaela Furdzova, Lucas Mariscal, et al. individually and on behalf of all others similarly situated, filed a complaint on March 23 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, San Jose Division against Health-Ade LLC alleging false and misleading advertising, unjust enrichment, negligent misrepresentation and other counts.

According to the complaint, the defendant manufactures and sells kombucha beverage products in various flavors to consumers throughout the United States. The plaintiffs allege the defendant advertises the beverages as healthy.

The plaintiffs allege the defendant has mislabeled its kombucha beverage products as having fewer grams of sugar that the products actually contain.

"Plaintiffs suffered an injury by purchasing the product at inflated prices," the suit states. "Plaintiffs also were harmed in that they did not receive the product they bargained for."

The plaintiffs request a trial by jury and seek order for the defendant to correct advertising information, award for all damages, disgorge all monies wrongfully obtained and grant such other and further relief as may be just and proper. They are represented by Marcus J. Bradley, Kiley L. Grombacher and Taylor L. Emerson of Bradley Grombacher LLP in Westlake Village, California.

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, San Jose Division case number 5:18-cv-01836-NC




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