In Search of Mislabeled Olive Oil to Make a Buck

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A recent seemingly minor decision by Judge Brian F. Holeman of the Washington DC Superior Court, Civil Division, on a motion (request) by defendant grocery Mohtamar, Inc. for summary judgment is at first glance enough to scare off any interested party untrained in the twists and turns of the Common Law. It is however of considerable importance.

The defendant grocer (among others) was sued by one Dean Mostofi in 2011, for violating the DC Consumer Protection Procedures Act (CPPA) by selling Pompeian brand olive oil mislabeled as ‘extra-virgin.’ Having become aware of the mislabeled oil after reading about the famous 2010 UC Davis Report that named Pompeian as one of the culprits in the extra-virgin mislabeling scandal, the plaintiff promptly bought a bottle and brought an action for ‘injuries suffered.’

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