Starbucks Under Filled Latte Class Action Lawsuit Set To Move Forward

Starbucks Under Filled Latte Class Action Lawsuit Set To Move Forward
Starbucks Under Filled Latte Class Action Lawsuit Set To Move Forward

The class action lawsuit filed against Starbucks for under filling its 12,16 & 20 ounce lattes is set to move forward. In 2009  Starbuck implemented a standard formula to make lattes with pitchers that had fill lines. Baristas were instructed to use the new pitchers to make lattes, these fill lines decreased each latte’s amount so that it would be a 1/4 inch from the top of the 12,16, & 20 ounce latte cups. This practice was implemented to stop from over filling the cups, decrease milk costs,waste and increase profits. The lawsuit asked for an injunction for breach of implied merchantability so that Starbucks would stop the practice of under filling the cups. The Judge found in favor of Starbucks on the injunction, since the product was not unfit for drinking, they were just under filled. The Judge found in favor of the Plaintiffs for Starbucks under filling the lattes he found that this did fall under breach of the Truth in Advertising Law, Unfair Competition Law and California’s Consumer Legal Remedies Act so the case will be moving forward for these allegations. Since Starbucks has several similar pending cases in different states they have asked that all of the class actions lawsuits be tried as one case and moved to a Seattle Court, where the company is based.  The case is known as Siera Strumlauf et al. v. Starbucks Corp., case number 3:16-cv-01306, in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California