A consumer has filed a putative class action alleging that the labels of Global Widget’s products containing cannabidiol (CBD), including gummies, lollipops and syrup, do not identify an accurate amount of CBD in the products. Ahumada v. Global Widget LLC, No. 12005 (D. Mass., filed September 24, 2019). “Defendant makes numerous false and misleading claims on the front label of its CBD Products as well as on the retail website selling its CBD Products to illustrate and convey to consumers, the level of potency associated with benefits that consumers can expect to receive through their consumption. Specifically, Defendant misrepresents that the CBD Products have specific amounts of CBD when, in fact, the Products do not contain the amount of CBD as advertised and are instead grossly under-dosed,” the plaintiff argues. “Defendant’s multiple and prominent systematic misrepresentations regarding the amount of CBD in the Products form a pattern of unlawful and unfair business practices that harms the public.”

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