Monday, January 7, 2019

Week 1 - Starbucks class action - underfilled lattes

Strumlauf, et al. v. Starbucks Corp. 
Case No. 4:16-cv-01306-YGR,
US District Court for the Northern District of California

Class-action lawsuit filed in 2016 alleges false advertising – Starbucks underfills its lattes by 25% and overfills with foam, thereby overcharging its customers.  The lattes are advertised as 12 ounces, 16 ounces, and 20 ounces, but the lawsuit alleges that they routinely and intentionally fall short of that measurement.  The lawsuit claims Starbucks did this to save money on milk, its most expensive ingredient.

Click here to read the actual lawsuit

Click here for an article about the lawsuit

On January 5, 2018, the federal court dismissed the lawsuit, or in lay-person words, the case was thrown out.  The judge wrote that (1) heated milk expands, and its expanded volume met the advertised measurement, and (2) people who buy lattes expect them to contain foam on the top.

Another current Starbucks lawsuit:

The Starbucks “All Natural” Gummies Class Action Lawsuit
Starbucks deceives customers into believing that their gummy snack packs are made with “all-natural” flavors as opposed to artificial flavoring.
Sandra Brown v. Starbucks Corp.

Case No. 3:18-cv-02286
US District Court for the Southern District of California
Filed October 3, 2018
Click here to read the actual lawsuit

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