On May 29, 2020, Judge Alison J. Nathan of the Southern District of New York issued a ruling granting in part and denying in part Godiva’s motion to dismiss plaintiff’s complaint. The class action challenges Godiva’s use of the "Belgium 1926" representation on the label, when certain chocolates produced by Godiva are made in the USA. The Court denied defendant’s motion to dismiss plaintiff’s California and New York statutory consumer protection claims, holding that “a reasonable consumer could view the phrase Belgium 1926 as representing that Godiva’s chocolates are manufactured in Belgium.”
A copy of the Court’s order can be found here. Faruqi & Faruqi attorney Timothy J. Peter is heading this litigation.
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About Timothy J. Peter
Timothy J. Peter is a Partner in Faruqi & Faruqi, LLP's Pennsylvania office and Chair of the firm's Consumer Protection Litigation Practice Group.