Michael Abella Feb. 16, 2017, 10:28am


EAST ST. LOUIS — Two consumers have filed a class-action lawsuit against Inventure Foods Inc., a snack chips manufacturer, alleging unfair and deceptive business practices.

Shannah Burton and Michelle Blair, individually and on behalf of all others similarly situated, filed a complaint on Feb. 8 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois against Inventure Foods, Inc. alleging that the snack chips manufacturer violated the Illinois Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act.

According to the complaint, the plaintiffs allege that, due to the defendant's deceitful labelling on its products, plaintiffs were damaged for paying extra for products that were actually worth less than they were represented. The plaintiffs holds Inventure Foods Inc. responsible because the defendant allegedly misled consumers into thinking that its products have less sugar than they actually contain by listing Evaporated Cane Juice (“ECJ”) as an ingredient in its products. However, ECJ is not juice at all, it is sugar in disguise, the suit alleges.

The plaintiffs request a trial by jury and seek an order certifying this case as a class action and appointing the plaintiffs as class representative and their counsel as class counsel, an award for compensatory damages, pre- and post-judgment interest, attorneys’ fees and costs and all other relief as may be just and proper. They are represented by Matthew H. Armstrong of Armstrong Law Firm LLC in St. Louis, Missouri and Stuart L. Cochran of Steckler Gresham Cochran PLLC in Dallas.

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois case number 3:17-cv-00134

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