Hazelnut Crème Coffee False Advertising Lawsuit Revived

From: natlawreview.com

On August 8, 2019, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit reversed a district court’s dismissal of a lawsuit charging that the label on New England Coffee’s Hazelnut Crème coffee violates Massachusetts’ consumer protection laws because the product does not contain hazelnuts. Kathy Dumont originally brought a putative class action against New England Coffee Company and Reily Foods Company (New England Coffee Company is a subsidiary of Reily Foods Company) in May 2018 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts. U.S. District Judge Rya W. Zobel dismissed that case in September 2018.

In reversing the district court’s decision, Circuit Judge William J. Kayatta Jr., writing for the majority, stated that even though the ingredient list stated, “100% Arabica Coffee Naturally and Artificially Flavored,” the name of the product could be taken to imply the presence of hazelnuts.

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