A consumer in California has sued Humboldt County based Wild Planet Foods for allegedly under-filling its cans of tuna, the second lawsuit of its kind, reports Legalnewsline.com. Heney Shihad filed a class action lawsuit on March 25 in US District Court for the Northern District of California Eureka Division, alleging breach of express and implied warranties, fraud, negligent misrepresentation and violations of California's Unfair Competition Law and False Advertising Law. Wild Planet Foods is known for environmentally sound practices, and is based in McKinleyville. Lately, we've seen an increase in class actions brought against food businesses. One reason for the spike in lawsuits is a 2011 Supreme Court decision making it almost impossible to bring class actions against big banks. (AT&T v Concepcion) The Supreme Court held that consumers are bound by arbitration agreements buried in account agreements, which prevent consumers from suing big banks. This left a lot of class action lawyers, who sued big banks, out of work so they turned to food companies among other businesses to sue. A tuna company can't force you to sign an arbitration agreement when you buy a can of tuna. Big banks can immune themselves from class actions but regular businesses are left vulnerable.
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