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Consumer accuses barbecue sauce manufacture of false advertising

By The Madison County Record | Jul 20, 2016

BELLEVILLE — A Randolph County man is suing a barbecue sauce manufacturer, alleging it falsely advertises that its ingredients are all natural.

Larry Weigand filed a class action lawsuit, individually and on behalf of all other similarly-situated citizens of Illinois June 15 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against One World Foods, Inc. doing business as Stubb's Legendary Bar-B-Q, alleging false, deceptive, unfair and misleading merchandising practices, unjust enrichment and violation of the Illinois Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act.

According to the complaint, Weigand has been deceived into believing the defendant's soy, garlic and pepper all natural marinade is all natural and it does not contain any harmful artificial synthetic ingredients. However, the suit says, the defendant manufactured, marketed, distributed and sold the product that is not all natural.

The suit alleges the product actually contains synthetic ingredients such as citric acid and xanthan gum, and that Stubb's took advantage of a growing market by labeling the product as all natural.

Weigand seeks a trial by jury, certification this case is a class action, compensatory damages, pre-judgment and post-judgment interest, attorney fees and legal costs and such relief as is just and proper. He is represented by attorneys Matthew H Armstrong of Armstrong Law Firm LLC in St. Louis, David C. Nelson of Nelson & Nelson, Attorneys at Law PC in Belleville, and Stuart L. Cochran of Cochran Law PLLC in Dallas.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 16-L-316

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