Wise Foods, Inc. is facing a projected class action claiming the company’s potato chip bags have more than double the amount of slack fill as its major competitors’ bags. Alce v. Wise Foods, Inc., No. 17­-2402 (S.D.N.Y., filed April 3, 2017). The plaintiffs claim that bags of 21 varieties of Wise’s Potato Chips, Kettle Cooked Potato Chips and Ridgies can contain as much as 67 percent slack fill, while the company’s own Dipsy Doodles Corn Chips contain only about one­-third slack fill. For alleged violations of New York’s Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act, false advertising laws, the District of Columbia’s Consumer Protection Procedures Act and unjust enrichment, the plaintiffs seek class certification, an injunction, damages and attorney’s fees.

 

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