Three plaintiffs have filed a putative class action against Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Inc., claiming that although the label on the company’s Canada Dry Ginger Ale product says “Made With Real Ginger,” the product contains “no detectable amount of ginger.” Hashemi v. Dr. Pepper Snapple Grp., Inc., No. 17­-2042 (C.D. Cal., filed March 14, 2017). The plaintiffs argue that they hired an independent lab to test for ginger in the product, which is advertised on television with footage of the cans attached to ginger plants and a voice-over that asserts, “For refreshingly real ginger taste, grab a Canada Dry Ginger Ale. Real Ginger. Real Taste.” Seeking class certification, restitution, declaratory and injunctive relief, damages and attorney’s fees, the plaintiffs allege violations of the California and Colorado consumer-­protection statutes as well as breaches of warranties, fraud and misrepresentation.


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