SAN FRANCISCO – Several consumers have filed a class-action suit against a restaurant chain alleging that it falsely advertised its products to be 100 percent free of genetically modified organisms.

Martin Schneider, Sarah Deigert, Laurie Reese, Theresa Gamage, Tiffanie Zangwill and Nadia Parikka filed a complaint on behalf of all others similarly situated on April 22 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California against Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc., citing unjust enrichment, misrepresentation and violation of consumer laws in California, Maryland, Florida and New York.

According to the complaint, the plaintiffs allege that they have suffered damages as a result of products purchased. The plaintiffs hold Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. responsible because the defendant allegedly advertised that it serves non-GMO ingredients, when the suit states that the meat has been raised on GMO feed and the dairy products were made from the milk from cows fed GMO feed.

The plaintiffs request a trial by jury and seek monetary, punitive, and actual damages, declaratory and injunctive relief, interest, all legal fees and any other relief as this court deems just. They are represented by Linda M. Fong, Matthew George and Mario M. Choi of Kaplan Fox & Kilsheimer LLP in San Francisco and Frederic S. Fox and Donald R. Hall of Kaplan Fox & Kilsheimer LLP in New York, New York.

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California Case number 3:16-cv-02200-JSC

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