According to a news source, Whole Foods Market Inc. is seeking to stop its deposition in consumer fraud litigation filed against Skinny Girl Cocktails LLC, arguing that it does not own or operate Whole Foods retail stores nor does it “decide which suppliers, food brokers or distributors are to be used by Whole Foods Market retail locations.” Greene v. Skinny Girl Cocktails LLC, 1:12-mc-00550 (U.S. Dist. Ct., W.D. Tex., motion to quash filed June 22, 2012). A number of putative class actions alleging that the defendants falsely market margaritas as “all natural” were filed in district courts around the country after Whole Foods stores pulled the product from their shelves upon learning that it contains sodium benzoate as a preservative. An effort to have the actions consolidated before a multidistrict litigation court failed; additional details about that ruling appear in Issue 422 of this Update. See Law360, June 25, 2012.
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Whole Foods claims lack of control over retail stores in motion to quash Skinny Girls subpoena
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