October 2020: The Court granted final approval of the settlement agreement.

January 2020: The Court granted preliminary approval of the settlement agreement. A final fairness hearing is scheduled for September 14, 2020.

July 2019: Plaintiffs filed a renewed motion for preliminary approval of the proposed settlement agreement after a June 2019 decision from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in a related case, In Re Hyundai and Kia Fuel Economy Litigation, concluded that the choice of law analysis is not required when the laws of one state are being applied nationwide for settlement purposes.

April 2019: The Court denied preliminary approval of the proposed settlement agreement finding that the predominance requirement for class certification was not met and the plaintiffs did not conduct a required choice of law analysis.

September 2018: Plaintiffs moved for preliminary approval of a proposed settlement agreement in which class members who submit a valid claim may receive a $29 cash payment.

October 2017: The Court dismissed the New York claims but allowed the California claims to move forward. To read the full decision and learn more about all of the dismissed and continuing claims, click here.

June 2017: The Court granted Trader Joe’s Motion to Dismiss because the plaintiffs’ state law claims were based on FDA regulations and the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act prohibits plaintiffs from bringing such claims. The judge gave plaintiffs 30 days to amend the complaint.

Later in June, plaintiffs filed an amended complaint making similar allegations.

November 2016: These two lawsuits along with two others against Trader Joe’s were consolidated to be heard together. (In Re Trader Joe’s Tuna Litigation, Case No. 16-cv-1371, C. D. Cal.)

January – February 2016: Two class-action lawsuits were filed against Trader Joe’s for allegedly underfilling five-ounce cans of tuna, in violation of federal standards. (The complaints allege that the average weight of the tuna is less than 3 ounces.) To read the complaints, click on the case information below.

For more information about the marketing of tuna and TINA.org’s coverage of the products, click here.


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Trader Joe’s Vanilla Almond Clusters Cereals

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Trader Joe’s Vanilla Almond Clusters Cereals

In October 2020, a class-action lawsuit was filed against Trader Joe’s for allegedly misleadingly marketing that the main flavoring ingredient in its Vanilla Almond Clusters Cereal is vanilla when, according…

Trader Joe’s 12 Grain Mini Snack Crackers

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Trader Joe’s 12 Grain Mini Snack Crackers

In August 2020, a class-action lawsuit was filed against Trader Joe’s Company for allegedly misleadingly marketing that the predominant ingredient in its 12 Grain Mini Snack Crackers is a multigrain…

Trader Joe’s Vanilla Almond Clusters Cereal

Class Action

Trader Joe’s Vanilla Almond Clusters Cereal

In January 2020, a class-action lawsuit was filed against Trader Joe’s for allegedly misleadingly marketing that vanilla is the exclusive flavoring ingredient in its Vanilla Almond Clusters Cereal when, according…

Trader Joe’s Organic Corn Flakes

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Trader Joe’s Organic Corn Flakes

In December 2019, a class-action lawsuit was filed against Trader Joe’s for allegedly deceiving consumers by disguising sugar as “organic evaporated cane juice” in the ingredients list on the product…

Trader Joe’s Organic Oats & Flax Instant Oatmeal

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Trader Joe’s Organic Oats & Flax Instant Oatmeal

In November 2019, a class-action lawsuit was filed against Trader Joe’s for allegedly misleadingly listing “organic dehydrated cane juice solids” in the ingredients list for its Organic Oats & Flax…

Trader Joe’s Chicken

Class Action

Trader Joe’s Chicken

August 2019: This lawsuit was transferred to federal court. (Case No. 19-cv-1587, S. D. CA.) July 2019: A class-action lawsuit was filed alleging that Trader Joe’s All Natural chicken products…

Trader Joe’s Alkaline Water

Class Action

Trader Joe’s Alkaline Water

July 2019: A federal judge entered judgment in favor of Trader Joe’s after the named plaintiff failed to respond to the court’s order to explain why the amended complaint should…

Trader Joe’s Dried Fruit

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Trader Joe’s Dried Fruit

May 2019: This case was transferred from state court to federal court. (Barrere et al v. Trader Joe’s Company, Case No. 19-cv-4297, C. D. CA.) April 2019: A class-action lawsuit…

Trader Joe’s Ts & Js Sour Gummies

Class Action

Trader Joe’s Ts & Js Sour Gummies

March 2019: This case was voluntarily dismissed because the parties reached a settlement agreement, the terms of which have not been disclosed. 2018: A class-action lawsuit was filed against Trader…

Trader Joe’s Honey Nut O’s

Class Action

Trader Joe’s Honey Nut O’s

In December 2018, a class-action lawsuit was filed against Trader Joe’s for allegedly deceptively marketing its Honey Nut O’s breakfast cereal. Specifically, the complaint alleges that Trader Joe’s sends the…

Trader Joe’s T’s & J’s Sour Gummies

Class Action

Trader Joe’s T’s & J’s Sour Gummies

In July 2018, a class-action lawsuit was filed against Trader Joe’s for allegedly misleadingly marketing its T’s & J’s Sour Gummies to give consumers the impression that they are natural…

Trader Joe’s Fruit Bars

Class Action

Trader Joe’s Fruit Bars

In April 2018, a class-action lawsuit was filed against Trader Joe’s for allegedly misleadingly advertising that the only ingredients in its “2 ingredient” fruit bars, such as Trader Joe’s Apple…

Trader Joe’s Vitamin E Oil

Class Action

Trader Joe’s Vitamin E Oil

In January 2018, a class-action lawsuit was filed against Trader Joe’s for allegedly misleadingly representing that its Vitamin E Oil contains only vitamin E oil when, according to plaintiffs, the…

Trader Joe’s “All Natural” Products

Class Action

Trader Joe’s “All Natural” Products

November 2014: Both appeals were voluntarily dismissed. The reasons for the dismissals have not been disclosed. Click on the links below to see each order. Weaver et al Dismissal Narkin…

Trader Joe’s Maple Cereal and Oatmeal Products

Class Action

Trader Joe’s Maple Cereal and Oatmeal Products

In June 2016, a class-action lawsuit was filed against Trader Joe’s for allegedly falsely marketing a variety of maple products – including its Frosted Maple and Brown Sugar Shredded Bite…

Trader Joe’s Calcium Citrate with Vitamin D

Class Action

Trader Joe’s Calcium Citrate with Vitamin D

April 2013: This action was voluntarily dismissed When a complaint is dismissed with prejudice, it cannot be refiled.. The reasons have not been disclosed. March 2013: A class-action lawsuit was…

Designer Whey 100% Premium Whey Protein Powder

Class Action

Designer Whey 100% Premium Whey Protein Powder

January 2015: The named plaintiff voluntarily dismissed this action When a complaint is dismissed without prejudice, an amended version of the complaint can be refiled.. The reasons have not been…

Various Trader Joe’s Products

Class Action

Various Trader Joe’s Products

May 2016: The parties agreed to dismiss this action. The named plaintiffs’ claims were dismissed When a complaint is dismissed with prejudice, it cannot be refiled. and the class members’…


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