Nutella Maker Settles $3M 'Candy Bar' Lawsuit

Athena Hohenberg's class-action suit worth $4 per jar
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 29, 2012 3:30 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Bought Nutella over the past four years? You're in luck: Fererro USA, which makes the creamy spread, has set aside $3 million to settle a class-action lawsuit from a California mom. Athena Hohenberg filed the suit in reaction to Nutella's advertising claim that the product is "an example of a tasty yet balanced breakfast" (when combined with other, healthy products, like milk, OJ, and whole wheat bread).

Hohenberg "was surprised and upset to learn that Nutella was in fact not a 'healthy, nutritious' food but instead a product with the nutritional properties of a candy bar," according to her lawsuit. Now Fererro USA will pay out $4 per Nutella jar purchased in California since 2009 or any other US state since 2008, Reuters reports. The company will also "modify certain marketing statements about Nutella" and better display its nutrition labels. Ready to dig out those old Nutella receipts? Learn more about the lawsuit here. (Read more class action lawsuits stories.)

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