LOS ANGELES – A Los Angeles consumer claims a Miami, Florida juice company falsely advertises its products and as filed a class action.
Estelle Shane filed a complaint on behalf of all others similarly situated on March 21 in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California against Florida Bottling Inc. citing the Unfair Competition Law and other counts.
According to the complaint, the defendant advertises its Lakewood Organic juices as being cold pressed and fresh pressed. The plaintiff alleges this advertising is false because the defendant heat processes, or pasteurizes, its juices. The plaintiff holds Florida Bottling Inc. responsible because the defendant allegedly falsely labeled its products as fresh, implying that it was unprocessed, despite having subjected the juice to thermal processing.
The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks restitution, disgorgement, compensatory damages, statutory damages, punitive damages, interest, all legal fees and any other relief as the court deems just. She is represented by Michael D. Braun of Braun Law Group PC in Los Angeles and Stephen Gardner and Amanda Howell of Stanley Law Group in Dallas, Texas.
U.S. District Court for the Central District of California Case number 2:17-cv-02197-SJO-AGR