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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 summary judgment.

September 2017: A federal judge granted Mars Food’s motion for summary judgment because the named plaintiff confirmed that she did not rely on the serving size representation when making the decision to purchase the product.

2016: A class-action lawsuit was filed against Mars Food for allegedly misleadingly marketing the amount of rice in each packet of Uncle Ben’s Ready Rice. According to the complaint, the marketing represents that each packet yields approximately two cups (or two servings) of rice when, in reality, consumers get between 1 1/3 and 1 ½ cups of prepared rice. The complaint was originally filed in state court in June 2016, transferred to federal court in July 2016, and amended in November 2016. (Vigil et al v. Mars Inc. and Mars Food US, LLC, Case No. 16-cv-3818, N.D. Cal.)

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