Ground Black Pepper

DEFENDANT NAME: McCormick & Co. Inc.
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CASE NUMBER: MDL No. 2665
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COURT: U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
PRACTICE AREA: Consumer Rights
STATUS: Active
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DATE FILED: 06/15/15
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In 2015, consumers filed a class-action lawsuit against spice manufacturer, McCormick & Co. Inc. and others, for allegedly reducing the volume of pepper in its pre-filled tins by 25 percent, while continuing to charge consumers the same price. The suit also includes claims against Wal-Mart for its Great Value brand black pepper.
 
The case concerns the company’s ground black pepper containers as well as its whole black pepper grinders. The complaint states that the companies' pepper is now only filled 3 oz. when previously, its containers contained 4 oz. of pepper.
 
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The lawsuit states that McCormick’s new under-filled pepper packaging violates consumer laws by engaging in “non-functional slack fill,” or needless empty space used to make the product appear larger than it actually is.
 
This excess space in each container helped McCormick to offset the skyrocketing price of pepper in the global market. Instead of increasing prices in an upfront manner, Hagens Berman believes McCormick underhandedly relied on its non-transparent containers to conceal the shrinking volume.

In Re: McCormick & Co. Inc. Pepper Products Marketing and Sales Practices Litigation
 


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