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Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Chipotle Agrees To Settle Class Claims Over GMO-Free Promises For $6.5 Million

OAKLAND, Calif. - A federal judge in California on Jan. 31 granted preliminary approval of a class action settlement under which Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. will pay $6.5 million to end claims that it violated California's unfair competition (UCL) and other states' laws by advertising its products as "non-GMO [genetically modified organism]" and "GMO free" even though it allegedly sources it meat and dairy products from animals fed with GMO-derived food and offers soft drinks containing corn syrup, a GMO (Martin Schneider, et al. v. Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc., No. 16-2200, N.D. Calif., 2020 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 16365).
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