ST. LOUIS – A consumer alleges Lindsay Naturals Spanish Manzanilla Olives are falsely advertised as having no preservatives.
Sheryl Newman, individually and on behalf of all others similarly situated, filed a complaint on Jan. 15 in the St. Louis Circuit Court against Bell-Carter Foods LLC alleging that the California corporation violated the Missouri Merchandising Practices Act.
According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on at least one occasion, plaintiff purchased defendant's Lindsay Naturals Spanish Manzanilla Olives for $3.99. The suit states that the product's label states it contains no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives. The plaintiff alleges this claim is false because it contains lactic acid, a preservative used in food to maintain the color, flavor and texture of food.
The plaintiff holds Bell-Carter Foods LLC responsible because the defendant allegedly misleads consumers because the label of the product creates the false impression that the product does not contain preservatives.
The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks certification of this case as a class action and appointing plaintiff and her counsel as representatives, award for compensatory damages, with interest, attorney's fees and such other relief as may be just and proper. She is represented by Matthew H. Armstrong of Armstrong Law Firm LLC in St. Louis; David C. Nelson of Nelson & Nelson Attorneys at Law PC in Belleville, Illinois; and Stuart L. Cochran of Steckler Gresham Cochran PLLC in Dallas, Texas.
St. Louis Circuit Court case number 1922cc00120