Judge Rejects 'Natural' Class; Finds No Evidence Ben & Jerry's Set Higher Prices

Judge Rejects 'Natural' Class; Finds No Evidence Ben & Jerry's Set Higher Prices

SAN FRANCISCO - A woman's claim that she paid more for ice cream labeled "natural" sufficiently alleges an injury, but her inability to submit evidence suggesting that a wholesaler like Ben & Jerry's Homemade Inc. was actually able to impose higher prices given market variations requires denying certification of California unfair competition law (UCL) class claims, a federal judge held Jan. 7 (Skye Astiana v. Ben & Jerry's Homemade Inc., No. 10-4387, N.D. Calif.; 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 1640).

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