Days after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a March 2015 letter warning Kind LLC against using the word “healthy” to describe several of its products, a consumer filed a class action against the company alleging negligent misrepresentation and violations of California consumer protection statutes. Kaufer v. Kind LLC, No. 15-2878 (C.D. Cal., filed April 17, 2015). The FDA Warning Letter listed the packaging of several products that an agency investigation apparently determined violated the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act because the products’ nutrient contents do not meet federal requirements to be described as “healthy.” The letter also warned Kind against the use of “+” or “plus” as well as “No Trans Fats.”
The putative class action complaint cites the FDA letter, arguing that the “healthy,” “+” or “plus” and “no trans fats” claims mislead consumers into believing that they are purchasing a healthful product. The plaintiff seeks class certification, damages, restitution, an injunction, and attorney’s fees.