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Folgers in hot water over servings claims


The worst part of waking up is finding out you can’t make as much coffee as you think you can with a canister of Folgers.


Such is the claim behind a class-action lawsuit filed by a Chicago area woman against the Folger Coffee Co., claiming  “a straightforward and systematic course of false, misleading, and unlawful conduct” by the coffee giant on its labels that one can make 240 six-ounce cups of coffee with one purchase, according to the complaint filed in the U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois Eastern Division last week.


“Defendants have grossly exaggerated the number of cups of coffee that the Folgers ground coffee products can make in order to induce consumer purchases and to charge consumers more for these products,” the suit, filed by Ellen Moser, states. At issue is how many grams are in a tablespoon, and how much coffee one can make with that tablespoon, according to the putative class action, which has been raising a few eyebrows in legal circles.


As the firm Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC blogged recently, “this case is also an example of what some might call the ingenuity of consumer litigants or what others might call something else. But, like so many of the other cases involving food products, this case underscores that virtually any claim on a food product will attract scrutiny, if not an actual complaint.”





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