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Federal judge grates Parmesan cheese class actions, pans deceptive marketing claims

Scott Holland Aug. 25, 2017, 2:35pm

A federal judge in Chicago has shredded, for now, a block of class action lawsuits that piled up last year against Kraft, Walmart, Target, the parent company of Jewel Food Stores and others over the contents of their grated Parmesan cheese, saying he did not believe the plaintiffs could prevail in asserting the containers of “100 percent” cheese were deceptively marketed.

Say cheese: Class actions begin to pile up vs Kraft, Walmart over Parmesan cheese contents

Dana Herra Mar. 1, 2016, 11:27am

Class action lawsuits against Kraft Heinz and Walmart have begun to accumulate in the aftermath of a February news investigation turned up evidence of wood-based fillers in the companies’ grated Parmesan cheese products.

African-American woman's discriminatory auto lending claim vs Santander cleared to proceed in federal court

Scott Holland Feb. 25, 2016, 4:22pm

A Chicago woman will be allowed to pursue a racial discrimination claim against the finance company that handled her car loan, though the company was successful in having other parts of the complaint dismissed.

Worthless auto loan insurance add-on prompts class action vs auto loan finance company

Dana Herra Sep. 3, 2015, 12:19pm

A Chicago woman has filed a class-action lawsuit against the finance company that handled her car loan, claiming she was misled into buying a useless contract addendum. In the complaint filed Aug. 31 in federal court in Chicago, plaintiff Joyce Pettye is suing Fort Worth, Texas-based Santander Consumer USA Inc., claiming the company violated the Truth in Lending Act and the Illinois Motor Vehicle Retail Installment Sales Act.