60 Day Notice 2014-01160

AG Number: 
2014-01160
Notice PDF: 
Date Filed:
11/04/2014
Noticing Party: 
As You Sow
Plaintiff Attorney: 
Ellison Folk/Shute, Mihaly & Weinberger LLP
Laura D. Beaton/Shute, Mihaly & Weinberger LLP
Alleged Violators: 
Bissinger's Inc.
Champlain Chocolate Company
The Hershey Company
The Kroger Company
Moonstruck Chocolate Company
Theo Chocolate, Inc.
Trader Joe's Company
Vosges, Ltd.
Chemicals: 
Cadmium
Lead
Source: 
Bissinger’s All Natural 60% Dark Chocolate with Whole Almonds (Bar)
Lake Champlain Dark Chocolate (Bar) (Organic) (57% Cacao)
Dagoba Organic Chocolate New Moon Rich Dark Chocolate (Bar)
Private Selection 72% Cacao Swiss Dark Chocolate (Bar)
Moonstruck Dark Chocolate Chile Variado (Bar) (68% Cacao)
Theo Organic Fair Trade Pure 85% Dark Chocolate (Bar)
Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Bar – Toffee with Walnuts and Pecans (70% Cacao)
Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Lover’s Chocolate Bar (85% Cacao)
Trader Joe’s Organic Dark Chocolate 73% Cacao Super Dark (Bar)
Trader Joe’s Pound Plus Dark Chocolate (Bar)
Trader Joe’s Pound Plus Dark Chocolate (Bar) (72% Cacao)
Trader Joe’s Swiss Dark Chocolate (72% Cacao) (Bar)
Wild Ophelia All Natural New Orleans Chili – Dark Chocolate Bar (70% Cacao)

60-Day Notice Document

Settlement
AG Number:
2014-01160
Settlement PDF: 
Settlement Date:
12/19/2017
Case Name: 
As You Sow v. Trader Joe's et al.
Court Name: 
San Francisco Superior Court
Court Docket Number: 
CGC-15-548791
Plaintiff: 
As You Sow
Plaintiff Attorney: 
Ellison Folk
Defendant: 
The Hershey Company
Trader Joe's Company
Injunctive Relief: 
Warnings/Investigative Committee/Compliance Testing
*Non-Contingent Civil Penalty:
$ 22,000.00
Attorney(s) Fees and Costs:
$ 900,000.00
Payment in Lieu of Penalty:
$ 3,875.00  (Penalties and In-lieu are on a sliding scale relative to company size. The total amount of in-lieu payments and payments for the compliance testing program are equal to 75% of total civil penalties. )
Total Payments:
$ 925,875.00
Will settlement be submitted to court?
Yes
Contact Name: 
Ellison Folk
Contact Organization: 
Shute, Mihaly & Weinberger LLP
Email Address:
folk@smwlaw.com
Address: 
396 Hayes Street
City, State, Zip:
San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone Number:
(415) 552-7272
Fax Number:
(415) 552-5816
Judgment
AG Number:
2014-01160
Judgment PDF: 
Judgment Date:
02/15/2018
Case Name: 
As You Sow v. Trader Joe's et al.
Court Name: 
San Francisco Superior Court
Court Docket Number: 
CGC-15-548791
Plaintiff: 
As You Sow
Plaintiff Attorney: 
Ellison Folk
Defendant: 
The Hershey Company
Trader Joe's Company
Injunctive Relief: 
Warnings/Investigative Committee/Compliance Testing
*Non-Contingent Civil Penalty:
$ 22,000.00
Attorney(s) Fees and Costs:
$ 900,000.00
Payment in Lieu of Penalty:
$ 3,875.00  (Penalties and in-lieu are on a sliding scale relative to company size. The total amount of in-lieu payments and payments for the compliance testing program are equal to 75% of total civil penalties.)
Total Payments:
$ 925,875.00
Is Judgment Pursuant to Settlement?
Yes
Contact Name: 
Ellison Folk
Contact Organization: 
Shute, Mihaly & Weinberger LLP
Email Address:
folk@smwlaw.com
Address: 
396 Hayes Street
City, State, Zip:
San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone Number:
(415) 552-7272
Fax Number:
(415) 552-5816


* A non-contingent civil penalty is the civil penalty that must be paid pursuant to the settlement, regardless of future events or actions of the defendant. If a settlement includes a contingent penalty, the plaintiff should report the additional penalty amount when it becomes due.