A group of New Jersey women are suing Campbell's for labeling its tomato soup as low-sodium. The product, priced 20 to 80 cents higher than the regular tomato soup, actually had the same amount of sodium, at 480 milligrams. The class-action lawsuit may result in a large refund for all Campbell's consumers, according to The Star-Ledger.
"We're seeking an injunction to stop misleading labeling," Jeffrey Hermann, the lawyer representing the group filing the lawsuit, told the source. "And then separately, we're looking at damages."
According to Campbell's, the company has "complete confidence in the accuracy of [its] labels" and will demonstrate in court that the "allegations are without merit." The company claims that the low sodium labeling was produced in comparison to all other soups made by the brand, not just its regular tomato soup.
U.S. District Judge Jerome Simandle claims that it was reasonable for the women to expect that the soups they were purchasing had less sodium — about 25 to 30 percent less — than the regular versions of the product, The Los Angeles Times noted.