Who would have thought that such a sweet thing like ice cream could cause a class action lawsuit. The Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Class Action Lawsuit is entitled Astiana, et al. v. Ben & Jerry’s Homemade, Inc., Astiana, et al. v. Ben & Jerry’s Homemade, Inc. and Thurston, et al. v. Conopco, Inc. d/b/a UNILEVER. The lawsuit claims that Ben & Jerry mislead consumers about their ice cream being unnatural. The Breyers All Natural Original Ice Cream and the Breyers Smooth & Dreamy 1/2 Fat All Natural Ice Cream products claimed to be “all natural” when they actually contained a non-natural processed ingredient called alkalized cocoa. Alkalized cocoa definitely does not sound natural. Skye Astiana has filed the lawsuit on behalf of all consumers who have purchased these products. The only way to get paid by this lawsuit settlement is to file a claim. All claim forms must be in by August 30th, 2012. Ben and his pal Jerry have agreed to pay a $5 million in restitution as part of a class action lawsuit settlement to put this issue behind this popular ice cream company.
Class members must have made the purchase between NOVEMBER 4, 2004 AND MARCH 30, 2012 and includes anyone in the US who purchased any other following natural premium Ben & Jerry’s ice creams: Banana Split, Boston Cream Pie, Brownie Batter, Cake Batter, Cheesecake Brownie, Cherry Garcia, Chocolate, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, Chocolate Fudge Brownie, Chocolate Macadamia, Chubby Hubby, Chunky Monkey, Dublin Mudslide, Fossil Fuel, Half Baked, Imagine Whirled Peace, Karamel Sutra, Milk & Cookies, Mint Chocolate Cookie, Mud Pie, Neapolitan Dynamite, New York Super Fudge Chunk, Oatmeal Cookie Chunk, Peanut Butter Cup, Phish Food, S’mores, Triple Caramel Chunk, Turtle Soup, and Vanilla Caramel Fudge.
The lawsuit also includes anyone who purchased natural yogurt flavors: Froyo Cherry Garcia, Froyo Chocolate Fudge Brownie, Froyo Half-Baked and those who purchased the following All Natural popsicle flavors Cherry Garcia, Fudgy Brownies, and Half Baked… was Ben and Jerry half-baked when saying that these ice creams where all natural?