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August 30, 2015

Judge rejects lawsuits against Whole Foods, Wegmans and Acme

Consumers claimed supermarkets' bread ads were stale

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The Acme Markets' store in King of Prussia.

A federal judge in Camden, New Jersey rejected lawsuits filed against Whole Foods, Wegmans and Acme Markets by consumers who claimed that the markets were making extra dough by lying about their breads. 

As reported, a group of consumers claimed that the grocery stores had signs that said things like "baked fresh in our oven" or "made in house bread" but the bread was actually frozen and re-heated in the store.

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U.S. District Judge Joseph Irenas dismissed the case, saying the lawsuit was not specific enough.

"We do not know which specific products Plaintiffs purchased, whether those specific products were linked to specific signs or advertisements, and what those signs or advertisements stated," wrote Irenas.

He added: "Without details as to particular misrepresentations and subsequent purchases, the complaints do not inject the kind of particularity required for fraud claims."

However, an attorney for the plaintiffs said that they still won because the grocery stores had taken down "the misleading signs and advertisements."