A woman who claims she consumed Ramona’s burritos believing they were low in calories and sodium, has filed a putative class action alleging that the company mislabeled its products and that the burritos were much higher in calories and sodium than individual labels in and before 2006 and bulk labels indicated. Solomon v. Ramona’s Mex. Food Prods., Inc., No. BC463914 (Cal. Super. Ct., Los Angeles County, Cent. Dist., filed June 17, 2011).

Concerns about obesity and an inner ear disorder exacerbated by highsodium intake allegedly led the plaintiff to purchase and consume one to two burritos daily beginning in 2006. At that time, single and multiple packages purportedly indicated that each burrito contained 170 calories and 270 mg sodium. Individual burritos were allegedly re-labeled in 2010 to 340 calories and 580 mg sodium, while the bulk packaging continued to carry the lower values. According to the complaint, “Plaintiff is informed and believes each BURRITO always actually contained 340 calories and 580 mg sodium despite Defendant’s advertising and mislabeling that it contained half that amount.”  

Seeking to certify a class of California consumers, the plaintiff alleges violation of the Consumers Legal Remedies Act, fraudulent and deceptive practices, unlawful and unfair practices, false advertising, breach of implied and express warranties, and unjust enrichment. She seeks general and special damages, restitution, disgorgement, injunctive relief, attorney’s fees, and costs.