Barilla class action lawsuit claims company falsely advertises pasta is made in Italy

Anne Bucher |

October 19, 2022

Category: Food

Barilla Class Action Overview:

  • Who: A judge has denied Barilla America Inc.’s motion to dismiss a class action lawsuit alleging the company falsely advertises its pasta is made in Italy.
  • Why: The judge found that plaintiffs Matthew Sinatro and Jessica Prost had standing to sue Barilla and that their complaint sufficiently stated a claim.
  • Where: Barilla’s class action lawsuit was filed in federal court in California.

Last week, a California judge rejected a bid by Barilla America Inc. to dismiss a class action lawsuit alleging it falsely advertises its pasta is made in Italy.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Donna M. Ryu disagreed with Barilla that plaintiffs Matthew Sinatro and Jessica Prost lacked standing to sue and found that their class action lawsuit against Barilla sets out a claim on which compensation could be awarded.

The judge dismissed the plaintiffs’ request for injunction because she found that they had not established that they would be further harmed by the representations made by Barilla in Italy.

Barilla class action lawsuit claims pasta ingredients come from outside Italy

Sinatro and Prost dispute Barilla’s labeling of its pasta as “THE NO. 1 PASTA BRAND IN ITALY”. They claim that consumers are willing to pay extra for products that appear to be genuine Italian products.

Barilla’s class action lawsuit says Italian pasta is one of the most sought-after products in the world and Italian durum wheat is among the most sought-after varieties of wheat. However, Italian durum wheat production cannot meet global demand, leaving companies scrambling to make and sell pasta products allegedly made from Italian durum wheat, the lawsuit says.

Barilla allegedly mislabeled its products as “THE NO. 1 PASTA BRAND IN ITALY” to deliberately mislead consumers into believing that their products are made in Italy from ingredients sourced in Italy, says the Barilla class action lawsuit.

However, Barilla pasta products sold in the United States are actually made in Iowa and New York, and their ingredients are sourced from countries other than Italy, according to Barilla’s class action lawsuit.

The judge determined that the plaintiffs had standing to challenge the Barilla pasta products they did not purchase because the Barilla made in Italy statement is present on all of the products named in the complaint.

Barilla faced a class action lawsuit last year alleging that he mislabeled his pasta sauces as having “no preservatives” even though they contain citric acid preservative.

Did you buy Barilla pasta because you thought it was made in Italy? Let us know what you think of the Barilla class action in the comments!

Sinatro and Prost represented by Ryan J. Clarkson, Shireen M. Clarkson, Katherine A. Bruce and Kelsey J. Elling of Clarkson Law Firm PC.

The Collective action Barilla made in Italy is Matthew Sinatro, et al. vs. Barilla America Inc.Case No. 4:22-cv-03460, in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

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