Starbucks has been ordered by a federal judge to face a lawsuit claiming that some of its Refresher fruit drinks lack, well, fruit.
U.S. District Judge John Cronan rejected Starbucks’ request to dismiss nine of the 11 claims in the class-action complaint because “a significant portion of reasonable consumers” would assume that the beverages in question would contain the fruit in their names.
Starbucks calls the allegations “inaccurate” and “without merit.”
In August 2022, the complaint was filed in the United States District Court of the Southern District of New York, alleging Starbucks engaged in false and deceptive practices in the marketing and sale of a number of its Refresher drinks.
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