Ocean Spray Cranberries Inc. has agreed to pay $5.4 million to settle claims that it misleadingly advertised its beverages as lacking artificial flavors despite containing malic avid. Hilsley v. Ocean Spray Cranberries Inc., No. 17-2335 (S.D. Cal., filed November 8, 2019). Under the agreement, the company will stop using the phrase “no artificial flavors” on its labeling or in other marketing materials within 12 months. Class members may receive $1 per bottle up to 20 bottles, and no proof of purchase will be required.

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