ST. LOUIS — A consumer has filed a class-action lawsuit against Ashman Distributing Co., a Virginia corporation, alleging unfair and deceptive merchandising practices.

Jennifer Hiken, individually and on behalf of all others similarly situated, filed a complaint on March 6 in the St. Louis Circuit Court alleging that Ashman violated the Missouri Merchandising Practices Act.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that sometime in 2016, the plaintiff purchased defendant's all natural remoulade sauce at Straub's for $6.99. As a result of defendant's unfair practices, the plaintiff was damaged for buying a product that is not all natural and for paying a higher price for a product that actually costs less. 

The plaintiff holds Ashman responsible because the defendant allegedly prominently represented that the sauces they distributed are all natural while the sauces contain xanthan gum, a synthetic, unnatural substance.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury; and seeks an order certifying this case as a class action and appointing plaintiff as class representative and her counsel as class counsel, compensatory damages, plus interest, attorney's fees, costs, and any further relief that the court may find proper and just. She is represented by Matthew H. Armstrong of Armstrong Law Firm LLC in St. Louis and Stuart L. Cochran of Steckler Gresham Cochran PLLC in Dallas.

St. Louis Circuit Court case number 1822-CC00466

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