BELLEVILLE – Two St. Clair County consumers have filed a class-action lawsuit against Kraft Heinz Foods, alleging it misrepresented the amount of peanuts in its mixed nuts.

Candice Przybysz and Haunah Vanlaningham, individually and on behalf of all others similarly situated, filed a complaint on July 27 in the St. Clair County Circuit Court against Kraft Heinz Foods Co. alleging the Illinois corporation violated the Illinois Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act.

According to the complaint, the plaintiffs allege the defendant advertises that its mixed nuts contain less than 50 percent peanuts. They allege this is false and misleading marketing and that they paid for a product that they did not get. The suit states that the nuts purchased by Vanlaningham in June contained roughly 63 percent of peanuts.

The plaintiffs request a trial by jury and seek an order certifying this case as a class action and appointing plaintiffs and their counsel as representative, compensatory damages, interest, attorneys' fees, costs and any further relief as may be just and proper. 

They are represented by David C. Nelson of Nelson & Nelson Attorney at Law PC in Belleville and Matthew H. Armstrong of Armstrong Law Firm LLC in St. Louis.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 17-L-402

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