BELLEVILLE — A consumer filed a class action against a supermarket chain for allegedly misleading customers about the peanut content in its mixed nuts.
Shannah Burton, individually and on behalf of all others similarly situated, filed a complaint April 18 in the St. Clair County Circuit Court against Schnuck Markets Inc., alleging it violated the Illinois Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act.
According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that in January she purchased mixed nuts at the defendant's store for $3.99. The plaintiff says in the complaint that Schnuck Markets prominently represented that the mixed nuts contain less than 50 percent peanuts. However, she claims they actually contain more than 50 percent peanuts.
The plaintiff holds Schnuck Markets responsible, claiming she was damaged for paying a higher price for a product that actually costs less.
The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks an order certifying this case as a class action, award for compensatory damages, disgorgement of profits, interest, attorney fees, costs and all other relief deemed proper and just.
She is represented by David C. Nelson of Nelson & Nelson, Attorney at Law PC in Belleville, Matthew H. Armstrong of Armstrong Law Firm LLC in St. Louis and Stuart L. Cochran of Steckler Gresham Cochran PLLC in Dallas.
St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 18-L-272