A lawsuit has been filed against the makers of iced tea brand, Arizona Tea, in federal court. The suit alleges that the company purposefully misled consumers as to the true ingredients of its Green Tea with Ginseng and Honey. In the complaint, the class claim plaintiffs (Jason Lahey and Kalesha Niles), claim that Arizona Green Tea with Ginseng and Honey, does not in fact contain any detectable amount of ginseng. The product is extensively marketed by the defendant as containing ginseng. The lawsuit notes the product did not list the actual amount of ginseng included, but instead stated“just the right amount of ginseng.” The plaintiffs say this omission misled consumers and enticed them to pay a premium. Ginseng is promoted for its health benefits, and demand has forced the price of ginseng to as much as $1,000 per pound. The plaintiffs claim the defendant knew that if the product contained enough ginseng to actually provide a benefit, company profits would have been negatively affected. The plaintiffs are seeking to represent a nationwide class of all persons who purchased a gallon jug or 23 oz. can of Arizona Green Tea with Ginseng and Honey between April 1, 2015 and today. You can read more about the lawsuit here.
Anytime a company misrepresents its product or service, and a consumer has been negatively affected by the deception, it is only fair that a settlement occur in order to make it right. While some view such lawsuits as frivolous, nothing could be further from the case. In fact, such legal action helps force businesses and manufacturers to adhere to strict rules in order for everyone to purchase a good or service with a fair expectation of quality and safety. Contact us with any concerns you may have at (731) 423-1888, (901) 730-4567, or (615) 371-6136.