CATrends: Toxic Heavy Metals in Dark Chocolate
Consumer Reports study sparks class-action lawsuits.
Ben’s Original Boil-in-Bag Rice: ‘Perfect in 10 Minutes’
Not according to the cooking instructions on the side of the box.
M&Ms Imposter Car Wrap Scam
TINA.org puts the brakes on car wrap scam.
CATrends: Vanilla Ice Cream
A popular summertime treat is the subject of a current trend in class-action litigation.
Don’t Get Tricked by these Halloween Ad Claims
Be on the lookout for everything from walking ads to disappearing candy.
Consumers Are Feeling Unfulfilled
How much is really in there?
7 Super Bowl Companies with Advertising Fouls
TINA.org is throwing the flag on several Big Game advertisers this year.
What’s Behind Your Halloween Haul?
What you should know about some of the candy in your trick-or-treat bag.
Six Super Bowl Advertisers Offsides on the Truth
TINA.org’s Big Game scorecard on companies under fire for deceptive ads.
Do Snickers Really Satisfy?
From the “well, duh” department: Snickers, a candy bar, advertises itself as a snack that satisfies hunger in a series of ads that claim “you’re not you when you’re hungry.”…
Combos Cheddar Cheese Stuffed Snacks
Allegations: Misleadingly marketing that the filling in products is made with real cheddar cheese
Allegations: Deceptively using slack-filled packaging that is approximately 55% empty space
Dove Promises Deeper Dark Chocolate 70% Cacao
Allegations: Failing to disclose that products contain dangerous levels of heavy metals
Chocolate in Starbucks, Mars, and The Quaker Oats Company Products
Allegations: Misleadingly representing that cocoa has been harvested following ethical and environmentally responsible standards
Combos Cheddar Cheese Stuffed Snacks
Allegations: Misleadingly marketing that the filling in snacks is “made with real cheese”
Allegations: Failing to adequately disclose candies contain a toxin that increases the risk of adverse health effects
Calories in Starburst Gummies Sours
Allegations: Deceptively representing the number of calories in candies
Nutro Limited Ingredient Dog Foods
Allegations: Misleadingly marketing that dog foods do not contain wheat, soy, or chicken when they contain significant amounts of the ingredients
Altoids Cinnamon Mints
Allegations: Falsely marketing products as containing cinnamon
Silky Smooth Dove Bars
Allegations: Misleadingly marketing that ice cream bars are covered in milk chocolate when the coating contains ingredients not contained in real chocolate
Dove Chocolate-Covered Mixed Berries
Allegations: Falsely marketing products as “made with real fruit” when the fruit ingredients contain sugar and other non-fruit components
Nutro Limited Ingredient Diets Dog Foods
In May 2020, a class-action lawsuit was filed against Mars Petcare US, Inc. for allegedly falsely marketing that Nutro Limited Ingredient Diets dog foods – including Adult Lamb & Sweet…
Dove Ice Cream Bars
November 2019: Plaintiffs filed an amended complaint adding the miniature versions of the ice cream bars to the products at issue. May 2019: A class-action lawsuit was filed against Mars…
M&M’s Reduced Fat Vanilla Ice Cream Products
In November 2019, a class-action lawsuit was filed against Mars, Inc. for allegedly falsely advertising that its M&M’s brand reduced fat vanilla ice cream products contain vanilla when, according to…
IAMS Dog Foods
In September 2019, a class-action lawsuit was filed against Mars Petcare for allegedly falsely advertising that IAMS Proactive Health Sensitive Skin & Stomach Grain-Free Recipe with Chicken & Peas dog…
Uncle Ben’s Ready Rice
January 2018: The appeal was voluntarily dismissed, the reasons for which have not been disclosed. October 2017: The named plaintiff filed a Notice of Appeal regarding the decision to grant…
Mars Chocolate Products
June 2018: The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the district court’s dismissal of this case. (Case No. 16-15444, 9th Cir.) March 2016: The named plaintiff filed a Notice of…
Snickers Protein Bars
In April 2018, a class-action lawsuit was filed against Mars Wrigley Confectioner for allegedly misleadingly advertising Snickers Protein Bars by misrepresenting the quantity, quality, and nature of the protein in…
Chocolate Products from Mars
In February 2018, a class-action lawsuit was filed against Mars, Inc. for allegedly failing to disclose that the cocoa beans used in chocolate products are the result of child and…
M&M’s Candies, Dove Candy Bars, Snickers Bars, and More
November 2014: This case was voluntarily dismissed, the reasons for which have not been disclosed. The named plaintiff’s individual claims were dismissed When a complaint is dismissed with prejudice, it…
Iams Cat Food
February 2016: A federal judge dismissed this action When a complaint is dismissed with prejudice, it cannot be refiled. finding that the company did not have a duty to disclose…
Uncle Ben’s Rice Products
October 2016: This action was voluntarily dismissed When a complaint is dismissed with prejudice, it cannot be refiled. as to the named plaintiff and When a complaint is dismissed without…
Mars Flavored Ice Cream Products
November 2015: The named plaintiff’s claims were dismissed When a complaint is dismissed with prejudice, it cannot be refiled.. The reasons for the dismissal have not been disclosed. September 2015:…
Nutro Dog Food Products
August 2016: A federal judge granted final approval of the settlement. August 2015: A federal judge preliminarily approved a $500,000 settlement of this lawsuit. According to the settlement terms, class…
Mars Chocolate Candy Products
December 2014: A federal judge granted Mars, Inc.’s motion to stay the proceedings (and administratively closed the case) pending the resolution of an appeal of a district court’s decision to…
M&M’s® Mini Products
October 2016: After the parties informed the court that they reached a settlement, this action was voluntarily dismissed When a complaint is dismissed with prejudice, it cannot be refiled.. The…