What to Know: The 2 Towns Ciderhouse Hard Cider Class Action Settlement
A class action lawsuit was filed against 2 Towns for allegedly deceiving consumers with the false advertising of its hard cider and its other products as it claims to have no artificial flavors.
According to the consumers, the products misrepresented its true content with its labels and marketing claims of “Nothing Artificial: NO concentrates or refined sugars; NO essences or artificial flavors; NO velcorin or sorbate.”
Certain 2 Town products, however, were found to contain artificial DL-Malic acid, a “synthetic version of a substance found in fruit and used by food makers to adjust the acidity of the juices.”
The lawsuit claims that “DL-Malic Acid is not derived from a spice, fruit or fruit juice, vegetable or vegetable juice, edible yeast, herb, bark, bud, root, leaf or similar plant material, meat, fish, poultry, eggs, dairy products, or fermentation products thereof. A combination of sugar and DL-Malic Acid in a ratio resembling a fruit flavor cannot be derived from a spice, fruit or fruit juice, vegetable or vegetable juice, edible yeast, herb, bark, bud, root, leaf, or similar plant material, meat, fish, poultry, eggs, dairy products, or fermentation products thereof.” The company allegedly included this to make their product taste more like apples.
Additionally, a non-synthetic option – a substance called L-Malic acid, as well as citric acid – is available but DL-Malic acid is much cheaper.
All 2 Towns products that are apple-flavored allegedly contain this substance, and consumers do not have the “advanced understanding of organic chemistry” to know or understand what the products contain, therefore relying on packaging labels and marketing claims of companies.
Read more about the case under the name: Richard Winters v. Two Towns Ciderhouse Inc., Case No. 3:20-cv-00468-BAS-BGS, S.D. CA.
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The 2 Towns Ciderhouse Settlement Details
2 Towns has not admitted to any wrongdoing but has agreed to settle the lawsuit with nearly $1 million in cash payment. The company has also agreed to an injunctive relief reformulate how it makes its hard cider products by switching from DL-Malic acid to L-Malic acid and change its labeling practices.
The settlement benefits individuals who purchased any of the following 2 Towns products between March 12, 2016, and October 11, 2020:
- Bright Cider
- Easy Squeezy
- Pacific Pineapple
- Made Marion
- Ginja Ninja
- Bad Apple
- Cherried Away
- Cot in the Act
- Sun’s Out Saison
- Nice & Naughty
- Prickly Pearadise
- Serious Scrump
- Imperial Hop & Stalk
The potential award is yet to be determined but each claim may depend on the following terms:
- The number of valid claims submitted
- The number of products purchased, called a “weighted value”
- Class Members can claim up to 10 products without proof of purchase
- Claims without proof of purchase over 10 products will be averaged and added to a weighted value.
A valid claim form must be submitted by January 9, 2021, online or by mail.
The deadline for exclusion is on December 28, 2020, while the deadline to object can do so by March 26, 2021.
The fairness hearing is scheduled for May 10, 2021.
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Editor’s note on the 2 Towns Ciderhouse Hard Class Action Settlement:
This piece is written about the recent 2 Towns Ciderhouse Hard Class Action Settlement. If you are considered eligible to be among the class of consumers described in the class action lawsuit settlement, you may eventually be able to participate in receiving any compensation the court may award.
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