Nationwide Class Certification In Olive Oil Lawsuit
On December 11, 2013, Judge Jed S. Rakoff of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York granted a motion to certify a nationwide class of purchasers of Capatriti “100% Pure Olive Oil” against defendant Kangadis Food Inc. d/b/a The Gourmet Factory. The class claims relate to Kangadis’s admitted practice of packing these containers with an industrially processed substance known as pomace oil, instead of pure olive oil.
“This class certification order is a huge victory for millions of purchasers who were defrauded by Kangadis’s admitted practice of filling these tins with low-quality pomace oil instead of 100% pure olive oil,” said Scott A. Bursor, one of the firm’s partners handling the matter. “This product contained zero percent olive oil. We will prove that at trial in 2014, and we will seek a full refund for every member of the class.”