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Customer accuses Trader Joe's of misleading packaging, labeling of products


By Carrie Bradon | May 29, 2019

LOS ANGELES — A Los Angeles County man is suing Trader Joe's, alleging the defendant is misleading in the packaging and labeling of its products.

Gabriel Barrere, individually and on behalf of all others similarly situated, filed a class action complaint May 17 in California Superior Court for Los Angeles County against Trader Joe's Company and Does 1-10, alleging violation of California False Advertising Law, the Business & Professions Code, violation of the California Unfair Competition Law and the Business & Professions Code.

Barrere alleges Trader Joe's has been in the practice of slack filing their packages, which leaves space in the containers. The plaintiff said he found a number of the defendant's products were not filled sufficiently. One of the products was only 69% full, the suit says, while 31% of the package was empty. 

The plaintiff alleges Trader Joe's packaging and labeling is misleading, is in violation of Law, Business & Professions Code and is fraudulent.

Barrere seeks trial by jury, relief in excess of $25,000, interest, attorney fees and all other just and proper relief. He is represented by attorney G. Thomas Martin III of Martin & Bontrager APC.

 California Superior Court for Los Angeles Count case number 2:19-CV-04297

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