Consumer sues peanut butter manufacturer for alleged unlawful advertising

By Michael Abella | Jan 3, 2017

BELLEVILLE— A consumer has filed a class-action lawsuit against Aldi for allegedly charging a premium price for peanut butter wit evaporated cane juice.

BELLEVILLE — A consumer has filed a class-action lawsuit against Aldi for allegedly charging a premium price for peanut butter wit evaporated cane juice.

Brett Toenjes, individually and on behalf of all others similarly situated current citizens of Illinois, filed a complaint on Dec. 14, in the St. Clair County Circuit Court against Aldi Inc., alleging unjust enrichment and the peanut butter manufacturer violated the Illinois Consumer Fraud Act.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that in August 2016, he purchased Aldi's Peanut Delight Natural Creamy Peanut Butter Spread for $1.89. However, he claims he suffered damages for paying a premium price for a misleading product. The plaintiff holds Aldi Inc. responsible because the defendant allegedly deceptively represented that its product contains evaporated cane juice.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks an order certifying this case as a class action, appointing plaintiff and his counsel as class representatives, award for declaratory and equitable relief, plus interest, attorney's fees, costs and all other relief ay may be just and proper.

He is represented by David C. Nelson of Nelson & Nelson, Attorneys at Law PC in Belleville, Matthew H. Armstrong of Armstrong Law Firm LLC in St. Louis and Stewart L. Cochran of Cochran Law PLLC in Dallas.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 16-L-659

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