Pasta Company Barilla Faces Class Action Suit

  • The Italian-owned multinational food company filed a motion to dismiss the putative class action complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, which was “granted in part and denied in part,” according to a 28-page order stamped by Magistrate Judge Donna M. Ryu on Monday.
  • Plaintiffs Matthew Sinatro of San Francisco, and Jessica Prost, of Los Angeles seek to represent a nationwide class and California subclass with allegations that Barilla America, Inc. misleads customers into believing its pasta products are made in Italy and use ingredients sourced from Italy.
  • Both plaintiffs state they wouldn’t have purchased Barilla products from local grocery stores if they had known the pasta were made in the U.S. from manufacturing plants in Iowa and New York, and they could have chosen cheaper alternatives.
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