Mrs. Smith’s Real Butter Class Action Lawsuit
Everyone knows Mrs. Smith – she makes those pies found in your local grocery’s freezer section. Mrs. Smith says her pies are “just like homemade” with a “flaky crust made with real butter,” and even emblazons the box with a “blue ribbon,” like they award to the best pie at your State Fair. Sounds convincing, doesn’t it?
Not according to the plaintiffs in a $5 million lawsuit filed last year. The lawsuit says that when you take a closer look at the ingredient list, butter is an “insignificant, nominal amount” of the fats used in the crust, compared to what actually is used – palm and soybean oils!
Here’s What We Know about the Pie Crust Lawsuit!
Plaintiffs claim that Schwan’s, Mrs. Smith’s parent company, tricks consumers into believing that its pie crusts contain real butter, when, in actuality, the crusts contain a “butter blend” which is almost entirely made from palm oils and salt.
When walking into the local markets, plaintiffs decided to purchase a Mrs. Smith’s Original Flaky Crust Apple Pie for around $5 because, let’s face it, who can resist a “flaky crust made with real butter,” and with “no artificial sweeteners, dyes, or flavors,” or “high fructose corn syrup.”
After seeing the word “butter” and one thick pat of butter smack in the middle of the product’s packaging, the plaintiffs expected that butter was the pie crust’s main ingredient. Mrs. Smith didn’t tell them the crust was merely “butter flavored” anywhere on the packaging.
In short, consumers are likely going to be drawn to the advertisement of real butter on the product’s packaging. Because what’s more “homemade” than butter? If the product’s box stated “made with vegetable shortening and artificial flavorings,” it would likely be skipped over and left on the shelf! Who would want to purchase an artificial pie crust made with vegetable oils?
The Mrs. Smith’s Pie Crust Class Action complaint claims Schwan’s is violating New York’s General Business Law, and also accuses the company of breach of express warranty and implied warranty of merchantability, as well as unjust enrichment.
Thought You Were Buying Real Butter?
If the allegations addressed above seem familiar to you, please note that our friends at Sheehan & Associates are continually looking into this matter. If affected, you may contact the firm for more information on this Class Action Lawsuit.
To reach Sheehan & Associates, P.C., you can call them at (516) 303-0552, or you may email them directly at Spencer@SpencerSheehan.com.
Editor’s note on the Pie Crust Class Action:
This piece is written about the recently filed Mrs. Smith’s Real Butter Class Action Lawsuit. For more information on the Pie Crust Lawsuit, please shoot us an email to Outreach@ConsiderTheConsumer.com, find us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, or even connect with us directly on our website! We look forward to hearing from all of you. Please note that this investigation piece has been sponsored by Sheehan and Associates and Consider The Consumer has received compensation for such sponsorship.
This case can be found under the reference name and number: Leguette v. Schwans Company, Case No. 1:17-cv-07599, E. D. NY.
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