Putative class claims have been filed in federal court in Illinois against Denny’s Corp., alleging that the company defrauded consumers by misrepresenting or omitting information about the “excessive amount of sodium—the deadliest ingredient in the food supply—present in its meals.” Ciszewski v. Denny’s Corp., No. 09-5355 (N.D. Ill, filed August 29, 2009). Information about similar litigation filed against the company in a New Jersey state court appears in issue 312 of this Update.

The named plaintiff alleges that he has high blood pressure and takes medication for the condition. While he has apparently been advised to limit his salt consumption, he purportedly eats at Denny’s “from time to time and with frequency,” and eats the company’s “Moons Over My Hammy,” “SuperBird Sandwich,” and “Meat Lover’s Scramble,” which allegedly contain more than 3,200 mg, 2,600 mg and 5,600 mg of sodium, respectively. The plaintiff seeks to certify a nationwide class of consumers and alleges violations of the Illinois Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act and the Uniform Deceptive Trade Practices Act, unjust enrichment, breaches of contract implied in fact, implied warranty, and accounting. He seeks compensatory and punitive damages in excess of $5 million.

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