Starbucks alleged to fail to disclose artificial flavor in Sour Gummies candy

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Oct 11, 2018

SAN DIEGO (Legal Newsline) – A California consumer alleges a brand of candy sold by Starbucks fails to disclose an artificial flavor on the front label.

Sandra Brown, on behalf of herself and all others similarly situated and the general public, filed a complaint on Oct. 3, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California against Starbucks Corp. over alleged violation of the Consumers Legal Remedies Act, fraud by omission and other counts.

According to the complaint, the defendant manufactures Starbucks Sour Gummies and that the label identifies the product as "apple, watermelon, tangerine and lemon-flavored sour candies." The plaintiff alleges that the product contains undisclosed artificial flavor fumaric acid, a synthetic petrochemical used to create a sour flavor.

The plaintiff holds Starbucks Corp. responsible because the defendant allegedly actively concealed material facts with the intent to induce consumers to purchase the product and failed to list the artificial flavor on the front label as required by law.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment for punitive damages, pre- and post-judgment interest, attorney fees, costs and such other and further relies as the court may deem just, equitable or proper. She is represented by Ronald A. Marron and Michael T. Houchin of Law Offices of Ronald A. Marron in San Diego.

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California case number 3:18-cv-02286-JM-WVG

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