Penguin Trading, Inc., the maker of Fruit Bliss organic dried fruits, faces a putative class action alleging the company’s products contain as much as 80 percent slack-fill. Buso v. Penguin Trading, Inc., No. 17-7025 (C.D. Cal., filed September 22, 2017). The plaintiff argues that he would not have bought Fruit Bliss’ Organic Deglet Nour Dates, sold in opaque containers, if he knew the container was “substantially empty.” Asserting violations of California consumer-protection laws, the plaintiff seeks class certification, compensatory and punitive damages, injunctive relief and attorney’s fees.

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