By Bree Gonzales | Aug 10, 2018


NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – A consumer alleges a brand of pet food associated with a celebrity chef is not natural as advertised.

Markeith Parks filed a complaint on behalf of himself and all others similarly situated on Aug. 1 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York against Ainsworth Pet Nutrition LLC, doing business as Rachael Ray Nutrish, alleging violation of New York General Business Law.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that he purchased Rachael Ray Nutrish’s pet food products on multiple occasions and relied upon the defendant’s representations that its products were “natural.” He alleges this claim is false because the products contain glyphosate, an unnatural chemical. He alleges had he known at the time that products contained glyphosate, he would not have purchased or continued to purchase the products.

The plaintiff holds Ainsworth Pet Nutrition LLC, doing business as Rachael Ray Nutrish, responsible because the defendant allegedly false advertised its products.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks restitution, disgorgement, refund, and/or other monetary damages, costs and disbursements, attorneys’ fees, prejudgment interest, injunctive relief, statutory or actual damages and punitive damages. He is represented by Kim E. Richman of Richman Law Group in Brooklyn, New York and Michael J. Gabrielli of Gabrielli Levitt LLP in Bronx, New York.

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York case number 1:18-cv-06936-LLS

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