ST. LOUIS – A St. Louis consumer alleges a brand of sauces is falsely advertised as all-natural.
Greg Frei, individually and on behalf of all others similarly situated, filed a complaint on June 26 in the St. Louis Circuit Court against American Halal Co. Inc. alleging violation of the Missouri Merchandising Practices Act.
According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that between 2016 and 2017, he purchased defendant's All Natural Simmer Sauces from Whole Foods and/or Dierberg's for $2.99. The suit states the sauces are marketed as all-natural, which the plaintiff claims is false because they contain xanthan gum, a synthetic thickener.
As a result of defendant's conduct, the plaintiff alleges he has been damaged for paying a premium price for products that contains a synthetic substance.
The plaintiff holds American Halal Co., Inc. responsible because the defendant allegedly misrepresents the sauces as all-natural.
The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks an order certifying this case as a class action, compensatory damages, plus interest, attorney's fees, costs and any further relief that the court may deem just and proper. He 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-CC10624