SAN FRANCISCO – A Bakersfield woman is suing a food manufacturer alleging that it wrongfully advertised its product as containing 100 percent Parmesan cheese, but actually contains a percentage of cellulose as well.

Cheryl Mattley filed a complaint on behalf of herself and all other persons similarly situated on March 31 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California against Kraft Heinz Foods Co., citing unfair business practices.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that she purchased a product that says it contains 100 percent Parmesan cheese, but had she known that it didn't contain the advertised amount, she would not have considered the product. The plaintiff holds Kraft Heinz Foods Co. responsible because the defendant allegedly placed false labels on its product to confuse consumers into buying them.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury, injunctive relief enjoining defendant from engaging in the unfair business practices in the future, restitution and disgorgement and all profit wrongfully obtained, recovery of the amounts the defendant unjustly enriched, all legal fees and any other relief as this court deems just. She is represented by Lionel Z. Glancy and Marc L. Godino of Glancy Prongay & Murray LLP in Los Angeles.

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California Case number 3:16-cv-01616

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