Hershey’s Sued For Underfilling Candy Boxes

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By Cooking Panda

Instead of kisses, Hershey’s just got slapped with a federal lawsuit. Who could hold a grudge against the chocolate manufacturer that brought us Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, Kit Kats and Hershey’s syrup?

Apparently, someone who loves Hershey’s products a little too much. A man in Missouri filed a federal class action lawsuit against Hershey’s for “slack-fill,” or the empty space inside the packaging. Now, here’s a guy who really cares about his candy. 

The complaint he filed even includes nifty photographs of Reese’s Pieces and Whoppers boxes he cut open to show just how underfilled they are.

 According to the plaintiff, the Reese’s box he photographed is underfilled by 29 percent, while the Whoppers box is underfilled by a whopping 41 percent. 

Not sure how he came up with those very precise figures; but in his defense, there really is quite a bit of space left in those boxes. 

He claims that the size of the boxes misleads shoppers by making them think there’s more candy inside than is actually the case. 

We’ve all felt our hearts break just a little when that bag of chips we rip open is only a third full. But this guy is taking popular resentment of slack-fill to the next level. 

Slack-fill sometimes has a justifiable purpose, like keeping extra air in a bag to preserve the contents. However, the extra space in the Reese’s and Whoppers packaging isn’t necessary to protect the candy, according to Consumerist. 

Hershey’s doesn’t deny that the packages are underfilled, but sees no problem with this since the number of candies and the weight of the product is printed on the box.

“It is not possible to view the product packaging without also seeing the net weight and quantity disclosures,” Hershey’s motion to dismiss the case argues. 

Moreover, even customers who don’t know how much 113 grams of candy actually is can pick up the box and feel the weight. The motion to dismiss also argues that the fact that candy rattles inside the box should make it obvious that the box is not filled all the way. 

“Consumers are well aware of the fact that substantially all commercial packaging contains some empty space,” Hershey’s attorneys said, according to Consumerist. 

Still, Hershey’s defense did not persuade the judge, who said that the cases cited by the Hershey’s attorneys did not apply in Missouri. 

Perhaps this case will have a happy ending for the chocolate lovers out there who want their box of candy 100 percent full. In fact, who doesn’t want this? 

Sources: Consumerist , Hershey's Defense   / Photo credit: Ged Caroll/Flickr

Tags: Class Action Lawsuit, Hershey's, Reese's Pieces, whoppers
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Bought Milk In The Last Decade? You Could Get $70 Back

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By Cooking Panda

There’s been a class-action lawsuit against some of this country’s biggest dairy farmers, and residents who have purchased any dairy products from any of the 15 states affected will get to take part.

Detroit Free Press reports that citizens of the following 15 states and the District of Columbia will be able to submit claims on this class-action lawsuit if they’ve bought any dairy products from grocery stores since 2003.

Arizona, California, District of Columbia, Kansas, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, Oregon, South Dakota, Tennessee, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin

According to Oregon’s KTVZ-TV, the lawsuit was originally filed in 2011 against big names in the industry including Land O’Lakes, National Milk Producers Federation, Dairy Farmers of America Inc., Dairylea Cooperative Inc. and Agri-Mark Inc.

So, what did they do to offend so many? The class-action suit states that they “engaged in a nationwide conspiracy to limit the production of raw farm milk by prematurely slaughtering cows, illegally causing the price of milk and other fresh milk products to artificially inflate.”

Think that’s despicable? So does Compassion Over Killing, the organization who worked alongside Hagens Berman to bring this conspiracy to light. “Compassion Over Killing is proud to have spearheaded the research that led to this class action suit brought by Hagens Berman on behalf of millions of consumers harmed by the dairy industry,” said one spokesperson for Compassion Over Killing. “Not only was the price of milk artificially inflated, but this scheme ultimately also cost 500,000 young cows their lives.”

If this makes you angry (and it should), and you live in one of the above-mentioned places, don’t hesitate to go and make your claim. The amount of money you’d get back isn’t clear, but it’s estimated that it could be as high as $70. If you want to learn more about the details of the lawsuit, you can find the settlement agreement at www.boughtmilk.com. If you have questions about making a claim, you can call the Settlement Administrator at 1-800-417-4561, or by emailing info@boughtmilk.com. These dairy farmers played dirty. Make sure you get them back.

Sources: Detroit Free Press, KTVZ-TV  / Photo Credit: Got Milk?/Instagram

Tags: Class Action Lawsuit, Dairy Farmers, Dairy Products, milk
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